About us

The Psychology Department at Sheffield is among the largest in the UK, and has been consistently ranked as one of the outstanding research departments in all seven UK Research Assessment Exercises to date. We have consistently excelled in assessments of research quality. Over 80% of our department's research is internationally excellent or world-leading in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. Our excellence in research spans the discipline and we have highly active groups under the broad headings of social, health & environmental psychology, human development and cognition, neuroscience and computational modeling, and clinical psychology. We are a major partner within Sheffield Neuroscience. Ours is a vibrant research and study environment, and one of the largest centres of postgraduate psychology research in the country. We also have an outstanding reputation for the quality and breadth of expertise in research-led teaching.

Further information on our current research.

At the undergraduate level, we offer a Single Honours BSc/BA in Psychology. The Department has been ranked 5th overall amongst Psychology Departments in the Times Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide, and we have been ranked 1st by the Daily Telegraph for employability. At the postgraduate level, we offer an MSc in Psychological Research, an MSc in Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience, an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Currently we have 126 students registered for higher degrees (MPhil/PhD) and we also have over 94 postgraduate taught students including postgraduate diploma and certificates in cognitive behaviour therapy.

The University's expectations of the qualities and responsibilities of its academic staff are captured by the concept of the Sheffield Academic. The role of the Sheffield Academic is underpinned by a number of core values and qualities that are essential to the scholarly pursuit and communication of knowledge in this University. Among them is the recognition that the pursuit of research excellence and the pursuit of teaching excellence are closely linked. Please see www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/sheffieldacademic/statement for further information.

The Department occupies two sites – the main site being a purpose-built 5-floor building.

The Department has specialised facilities which include: a child development laboratory, high-density ERP and EEG (128 electrode) systems, facilities for studies in artificial intelligence, robotics and image analysis including high performance Unix workstations for complex simulations, together with extensive neuroscience laboratories.


Brain activity scan

Working in a laboratory