Teaching

We use a range of teaching methods to make sure that our undergraduate students get the skills and knowledge that every psychologist needs

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Teaching and learning changes for 2020-21

Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made some changes to teaching and learning for some courses in the 2020-21 academic year.

Find out about teaching and learning changes

These pages will be updated regularly, so please check back for the latest information about your course.

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.


Workshops

Our students have lots of opportunities to develop their practical scientific skills. In workshop sessions, you'll learn about different approaches to studying human behaviour, and conduct psychological tests.

You'll also be trained to use the quantitative and qualitative statistical analysis tools that professional psychologists use, and learn about software used in computational modelling and programming.


Lectures

In lectures, you'll learn fundamental psychology concepts from the experts, hear about the latest research and discover the difference that psychologists make in society. We offer a huge range of lecture modules on topics that cover evolution, neuroscience, perception, language, emotion, sleep and much more.

You can get a feel for our teaching in this mini-lecture, where Dr Danielle Matthews discusses 'how do children learn to talk?'



Research projects

You'll get to do hands-on research projects throughout your degree, as you develop practical psychology skills in workshop sessions and study the latest scientific theories in lectures and tutorials. In third year, you'll pull everything you've learned together to complete a major independent research project.

Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience

Each year undergraduates can apply to join the Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) scheme. This gives you a bursary to spend around 10 weeks working with one of our department's research groups over the summer break.

You'll be able to get first-hand experience of major research projects and it can even lead to your name appearing in an academic journal.


Tutorials

Throughout your degree, you'll work in small groups and look closely at scientific problems. During these sessions, our academic staff will guide you through some of the most interesting and, sometimes, challenging topics in psychology. You’ll work with data and develop your writing, presentation and critical thinking skills.


Excellence in teaching

All of our staff are committed to great teaching. Several have been given awards from the University of Sheffield, or have earned professional recognition for the innovative and engaging ways they have helped students learn psychology.

University of Sheffield Senate Awards for Excellence in Learning and Teaching

Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy

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