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What are the best universities for Psychology?

Studying a Psychology degree can lead to an extremely rewarding career. Whether you become a Psychologist or not, you’ll learn skills that can make you valuable to employers in a wide range of fields. It’s no surprise that the subject ranks as the 3rd most popular degree in the UK! (Study in the UK

Here are some of the best universities to study a Psychology degree.  

University of York  

Ranked 8th in the UK for the subject (Guardian University Guide 2024), the University of York is an excellent place to study Psychology. As a member of the prestigious Russell Group, it’s one of the leading UK universities for research, so you’ll receive a first-class and up-to-date education. 

You’ll also benefit from brilliant facilities while studying at York. Its Psychology Department is in the heart of Campus West and includes the impressive York Neuroimaging Centre. This research hub has two MRI scanners and an MEG scanner, allowing you to study the human brain in detail. 

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol is another university with a high ranking for Psychology, ranking 10th in the UK for the subject (Complete University Guide 2024), along with also being a member of the Russell Group. 

Placing 16th in the UK overall (Complete University Guide 2024), the University specialises in preparing students for career success. It ranks as the fourth most-targeted university by UK employers (High Fliers Research 2023). You’ll be taught important research methods and modes of analysis that are important to a variety of sectors, not just Psychology. 

University of Birmingham 

Holding the 22nd spot in the UK for Psychology (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024), the University of Birmingham gives you the chance to study many aspects of the subject. 

With multiple degree options available, you can specialise in areas such as child development, psychopharmacology, social psychology, neuroscience, and much more. You’ll be able to focus on particular parts of Psychology that interest you and help you meet your career goals.

University of Essex

With a ranking of 28th in the UK for the subject (Guardian University Guide 2024), the University of Essex is a top destination to earn a Psychology degree. The University offers a range of degrees that incorporate other disciplines, including Economics, Criminology, and Sociology.

If you don’t yet qualify for your chosen degree, you can study a degree preparation course in Psychology at the University of Essex International College. This is the only Kaplan college with a specialist Psychology degree preparation course. You can study a Foundation Certificate course that leads to a Psychology degree, or take a specific International Year One (IYO) in Psychology. The latter enables you to progress directly to the second year of your chosen bachelor’s degree!

City, University of London

At City, University of London, you’ll benefit from three specialist research centres that prepare you for professional practice in the industry. There are also many opportunities to improve your research skills in their specialist Psychology laboratories.  

The University ranks 35th in the UK for the subject (Complete University Guide 2024). What’s more, you get to study in London — ranked the world’s #1 student city! (QS Best Student Cities 2024). You’ll be near all kinds of famous attractions and benefit from excellent transport links across the city.  

Arizona State University

Ranked 69th in the world for Psychology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023), Arizona State University offers Psychology degree options at all four of its campuses across metro Phoenix. You’ll have the freedom to find an option that’s right for you! 

With 50 labs on campus, along with a range of hands-on internship opportunities, you can benefit from world-class research at your fingertips. You’ll be able to study any area that interests you in great detail, from addiction to family dynamics.  

Apply to study Psychology with Kaplan  

Kaplan can help you study a Psychology degree at top universities around the world. We are here to help you with every step of your application, including support with visas and finding a place to live.  

If your grades don’t currently meet your chosen university’s entry requirements, you can take a degree preparation course. By passing this course with the required grades and good attendance, you’re guaranteed a place on your Psychology degree.  

To learn more, please speak to one of our friendly Education Advisors, who will be happy to guide you through the process. 

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