Psychology

We undertake quality research and teaching in psychology which is student focused with highly qualified members of academic staff, researchers and helpful support staff.

Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses are accredited by the British Psychological Society. We have excellent facilities offering you a vibrant research-led environment and clear Masters and PhD progression routes.

Our active research groups conduct research funded by the government, research councils and industry on a range of topics aiming to give insight into understanding the fundamental nature of human behaviour, developing practical applications from psychological theory.

Undergraduate psychology courses

Most of our degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which is the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist and/or a Practising Psychologist. The programmes also give you skills that are highly-valued in a wide range of alternative professions.

You will study the human mind and behaviour in a research-led environment, in facilities that are used for government and industry-funded projects.


Our research

Members of the Division of Psychology are involved in an exciting and innovative range of research at the cutting edge of psychology.

Our research expertise represents interests in the application of psychology to understanding health and well-being; cognition and brain research including neuropsychology, perception and developmental psychology; and the connections between identity, social constructionism and narrative.

Psychology facilities

Social and Developmental Psychology Laboratory

The Social and Developmental Psychology Laboratory offers both students and staff excellent facilities to observe and analyse human behaviour (e.g. group processes, parent child interactions).

This laboratory includes one way mirrors, digital speakers and 360 degree tracking digital cameras. Facilities for digitally recording, editing and analysing observation data are also a feature of the social and developmental psychology laboratory. This laboratory also has a fully equipped interview suite where you are able to develop skills and undertake qualitative interviews.

Experimental Psychology Laboratory

The Experimental Psychology Laboratory includes 12 fully equipped testing rooms designed for cognitive research. Each testing room has a networked PC loaded with specialist software used in the investigation of cognitive processes.

These rooms are also used for biopsychology where students are able to measure heart rate, galvanic skin response and brain waves (EEG) using the Biopac System.

Eating Behaviour Laboratory

The Eating Behaviour Laboratory has equipment that enables students to measure body composition (e.g. body mass index, % body fat and visceral fat level, lean body mass, predicted bone mass).

These body composition measures are used alongside other data to explore the detailed facets of health and eating behaviour.

Psychology Teaching Laboratory

The Psychology Teaching Laboratory enables students to be taught specific research skills in a fully equipped space with a staging area for research and individual workstations.

The laboratory accommodates small groups where students are given individual support with practical work from lecturers and psychology learning support officers.

Speech and Language Laboratory

Auditory information is all around us and the way we use and respond to speech and language is a central feature of psychology research. This laboratory houses a sound proof booth and has a dedicated audio-processing computer and two data collection stations.

This laboratory is highly specialised and has been used by students undertaking their dissertation research.

Applied Health and Social Psychology Group

The Applied Health and Social Psychology Group aims to draw upon psychological principles and theory to research how a range of issues impact upon health and wellbeing.

Our work has an applied focus and explores the link between subjectivity and the social world in relation to health and well-being, as well as the relationship between biological and psychological processes.

Key areas of interest:

  • health advice to mothers
  • eating behaviour and obesity
  • women’s mental health
  • the role of community practice in addressing health inequalities
  • health professionals responses to domestic violence
  • memory and language processing in patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  • eork-life balance
  • body image and ageing
  • normative beliefs and misconceptions about health behaviour
  • social influences of environmental behaviours
  • safeguarding children
  • substance misuse

We draw on both qualitative and quantitative approaches including:

  • Narrative/ biographical approaches
  • critical psychology
  • feminist perspectives
  • participatory evaluation research
  • experimental methods
  • questionnaire studies
  • correlational methods
  • biological and physiological measures

Bradford Cognition and Brain Group

The Bradford Cognition and Brain Group (BCB Group) is a collaboration between the Division of Psychology and the School of Optometry and Vision Science.

The aim of the group is to promote alliance and the sharing of research across the University of Bradford (and beyond) among anyone interested in Cognitive Psychology, or any type of brain functioning or behaviour.

Regular seminars allow individuals to present their research to the rest of the group and encourage discussion of potential research links, including funding opportunities.