Testing behaviour: it’s just the beginning
Psychology is a science that studies why we behave the way we do. And at Goldsmiths it’s interactive and it’s inclusive. We’re asking a whole range of questions – from what makes someone believe in the paranormal to how music affects our mood – and we’re also at work in the world.
As a Department we’re interested in cross-disciplinary research that relates psychological theory from the lab to life. So if you study psychology here you’ll get to grips with the investigative side of the subject and see how you can apply your theories to a whole range of public settings from advertising to schools to government policy.
Whether you want to find out why individuals learn differently, unravel neurodevelopmental disorders, or learn how eyewitness testimonies have been made more reliable, our research areas – rated ‘internationally excellent’ in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise – give you the chance to study specialist topics you can’t elsewhere.
We want you to graduate with a psychology degree that gives you more than just a body of knowledge. So while our accredited BSc Psychology degree covers the broad themes of cognition, individual differences, biological and evolutionary issues, social functioning, and development, you’ll also take part in staff research, use our specialist facilities, and learn how to apply your skills beyond your degree through our dedicated employability module.
Why choose Psychology at Goldsmiths?
We’re eclectic. We offer the British Psychology Society accredited modules – so you’re on the road to a professional qualification by the time you graduate – but you can also choose from diverse options including cognitive neuroscience and anomalistic psychology so you graduate with an ‘intellectually stimulating’ degree (National Student Survey 2011).
We’re hands-on and on hand. You’ll train in psychology’s core research methods, design your own studies, carry out statistical analyses and learn how to promote your knowledge in public, but you’ll also get support across all these areas through one-to-one mentoring, small group and lab sessions. Plus there’s a dedicated technical team to help you make use of our on-site facilities.
We’re out in the world. From how sound sells brands to bullying in schools, we investigate and conduct research in a range of sectors and industries so you’ll see how psychological research informs and influences the world outside – whether it’s an advertising agency, a bank or the BBC. And from the first term you’ll be thinking about how to apply your skills in practice.
At Goldsmiths you can:
• Graduate with a degree accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) which means you’re eligible for graduate membership with the BPS (GBC) – vital if you want to be a psychologist
• Debate with award-winning academics who are experts in their field and often the people behind the books
• Take advantage of our Skills and Employability programme set up to develop the skills you need as an undergraduate and to start you off thinking about careers
• Keep on top of the latest developments in research and how psychology is applied to the real world through our regular seminar series and the Whitehead Lecture Series
• Use our on-site facilities including a Visual Perception and Attention Laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art eye tracking systems and our neuroscience labs including EEG and brain stimulation
• Access our dedicated research units including the Infant Lab, the Unit for School and Family Studies, InLab and the Sensorimotor Development Lab, which offer the latest facilities for research and lab work
• Gain support from our in-house technical support staff in using a whole suite of specialist equipment and software
• Go on to work in a range of settings inside or outside psychology from marketing to mentoring and from law to forensics
We currently have 40 academic staff, as well as research staff, technical and administrative staff, and an extensive panel of part-time associate lecturers. Visiting lecturers and researchers further extend the range of expertise available to our students.
Staff are engaged in a wide range of cutting-edge research, meaning that your teaching is led by psychologists who are experts in their field. Psychology staff and postgraduates are currently investigating topics as diverse as how brain activation patterns vary during the performance of attention and memory tasks, the influences on adolescent development of substance and alcohol addictions, emotion processing and social abilities associated with different neurodevelopmental disorders, and psychological and cognitive aspects of ageing.
Find out more about staff in the Department of Psychology.