Our Department of Psychology has an innovative outlook, with world leading experts in all areas of Psychology.
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This includes ‘traditional’ areas such as neuroscience, clinical, educational, social, and forensic psychology as well as more innovative areas (art, aesthetics, dance and music), that take full advantage of the learning ethos at Goldsmiths.
See our academic staff profiles to find out more about the expertise in our department.
Students working with experts
Our undergraduate and postgraduate students work closely with departmental experts, developing their own research interests and projects.
We are one of the few places that offer one-to-one staff and student collaboration on final-year undergraduate projects. Many of these projects result in publication in peer-reviewed and world-leading academic journals each year.
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REF 2021 recognised the significant quality and impact of the department’s research in society. Overall, 82% of our research and 100% of our research impact was rated at 4* and 3* level, meaning quality that is world-leading or internationally excellent.
Our research output reflects the diverse specialisms of our staff and students. We pride ourselves on being current, critical, and creative in our research. Two examples are:
- We host a world-leading Music, Mind and Brain research group working in music psychology, which also runs an internationally unique MSc programme in music psychology and neuroscience.
- Staff in the department specialise in the psychological and neuroscientifc foundations of creativity, and the visual and performing arts, running a MSc programme on Psychology of the Arts, Neuroaesthetics and Creativity.
Read about our other research groups and units.
Staff in the department support research within the local community by working with local government, organisations and charities, acting as a catalyst for change in the local community.
Staff collaborate with local and national charities such as Entelechy Arts, The Albany, Turtle Key Arts, Phoenix Community Housing, and Autistica. Such relationships support student placements and enable students to complete research projects with real-world impact.
Our equalities work
Goldsmiths benefits from an incredibly diverse student population, and this is no different in the Department of Psychology.
We were awarded an Athena Swan Bronze award in November 2022 for our work on advancing the careers of women scientists, and for our continuing commitment to remaining an equitable and bias-free place of research, learning, work.
Psychology uses the Athena Swan framework to recognise and celebrate good gender equality practices in our department, to improve gender representation, progression and the working environment for all staff.