About the Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

  • The Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development, within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, provides a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and shorter courses, which focus on introducing and then developing academic, research and professional excellence, ensuring all our students are equipped to succeed in their chosen fields.  

    We offer a range of Psychology courses, designed to provide you with a solid grounding in empirical methods, theories and discoveries, located in a purpose built discipline area at the heart of the University campus, featuring state-of-the-art facilities and laboratories.  We also offer professionally recognised qualifications in Operating Department Practice and Paramedic Science, enabling you to take your first steps towards undertaking a professional career in health care.  We offer programmes designed to support those in Management and Leadership roles within health and social welfare, as well as those who want to mentor and teach others in a professional context.  After you achieve your academic and/or professional qualification, we can offer a wide range of opportunities to support your continuing research/professional development by providing post-qualifying and postgraduate courses.

    We pride ourselves on ensuring that our research and teaching is linked locally, nationally, and internationally, to our stakeholders and to the wider professional disciplines we represent.  We have particularly strong links with local Trusts and Social Welfare organisations, both private, voluntary and independent, as well as statutory provisions.  We can provide valuable and supportive workbased learning experiences, across all our disciplines, which contribute to our high levels of student satisfaction and graduate employability.

    We offer a comprehensive student support package which includes academic and pastoral guidance, financial support and a career development programme. The quality of our student support and our emphasis on lifelong learning skills is consistently praised by quality assurance reviewers, employers and our students.

    The Department consists of three areas: