About the department

The Department of Psychology is focused on exploring the science behind the human brain and human behaviour.

Psychological research methods


Researchers cover a wide range of topics within our department's Research Groups, ranging from the intricacies of neural networks and brain function, to the developmental, biological and social mechanisms that shape who we are, to increasing our understanding of physical and mental health issues, and how we can treat them.

92% of our research is rated in the highest two categories in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021, meaning it's classed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Researchers apply a variety of research methods and use a range of specialist research facilities to understand human behaviour, thinking, interaction, and health problems.


The department’s specialist research facilities include

  • a dedicated child development laboratory
  • eye-tracking technology
  • TMS and TDCS equipment for experiments involving brain stimulation
  • a state-of-the-art EEG suite for measuring brain activity
  • biomimetic robots
  • motion capture equipment
  • a virtual reality suite

Students and staff have access to the technologies that they need to enable them to undertake world-class research.

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Cathedral Court

The Department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield has recently moved to Cathedral Court in the heart of Sheffield city centre. We are very excited to now be in our brand new home next to Sheffield Cathedral and close to the high street.

We are within easy walking distance of all of the main University of Sheffield facilities, including the Information Commons, The Diamond, and our award-winning Students' Union.

Our new home is where all Department of Psychology academic staff are based and includes a state-of-the-art computer lab, seminar rooms, tutorial rooms and social space.

A world-class university – a unique student experience

Sheffield is a research university with a global reputation for excellence. We're a member of the Russell Group: one of the 24 leading UK universities for research and teaching.