Why Oxford is a great place to study this course
Located in the heart of England, Oxford is a thriving and exciting city where modern restaurants, bars, music venues and shopping arcades mingle with buildings and institutions that date back to the middle ages. This mix, that lies below the famous ‘dreaming spires’, means that Oxford is a very special place to study for three years.
With a student population (at the two Universities) of over 40,000, Oxford has a very young and vibrant atmosphere. Term times offer up a host of opportunities ranging from clubs and societies to fill your spare time to conferences, seminars and forums that involve science, education, politics, the arts.
The Psychology Department at Brookes has excellent links with the wider city and many of our students benefit from work placements, volunteering opportunities and other learning opportunities with local industries and charities. Our students find these activities to be hugely rewarding, great for developing new skills and, of course, great material for the future CV.
Oxford is also very well connected in terms of transport. There are regular buses to the heart of London (up to one every 10 minutes) and these stop directly outside of the main Brookes campus. There are also fast and convenient connections to three international airports for that easy ‘getaway’ to celebrate the end of exams.
Support for students studying Psychology
As a Psychology undergraduate, the support you receive at Oxford Brookes is first class. When you arrive at Oxford Brookes you will be assigned an academic adviser who will provide you with academic support and supervision, helping you to achieve your full potential throughout your degree. Through a series of scheduled sessions your advisor will support you as you plan module choices and develop your plans for employment or further study after graduation.
The psychology team includes knowledgeable and award-winning demonstrators, who are available for one-to-one meetings to support understanding of research methods such as statistical analysis. The university’s unique, free Upgrade study service is available to anyone wanting to develop their academic skill set, offering workshops or one-to-one tutorials on topics such as oral presentations, effective revision and essay writing.
In addition, our dedicated student support co-ordinators are on hand from the day you start to the day you leave. They can help with any academic or personal issues you may experience during your time here. We also run a Psychology Peer Mentoring Scheme, giving the opportunity for additional peer support across your degree, and a Careers Service to support you in your future plans.
Psychology at Brookes is a highly research active Department and we bring our research into the teaching wherever possible. Reflecting this, the Department has a host of specialist facilities that are used in our research:
- state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, with babylab, eye trackers, a movement lab with motion tracking, high density EEG and ERP facilities to measure brain activity, and a TMS brain stimulation system.
- a computer suite.
- teaching rooms and a video-recording facility with an observation room.
- a dedicated psychological test library.
Psychology students have access to a wealth of online resources - journals, videos and articles - that are available through our departmental portal. Computers within the Department are linked to the Brookes ‘print anywhere’ network to allow hassle free printing of documents to locations, and at times, most convenient to you.
The main Oxford Brookes Library (situated just a few minutes’ walk from the Department) provides a rich array of the resources you need for your study of psychology. We have a dedicated psychology librarian who is on hand to answer your enquiries, teach you information skills and guide you around the electronic resources on offer. The library offers regular training sessions on accessing and making the best use of key resources in the area of psychology. The library is also home to ‘Upgrade’, a University run service that exists to help out students improve their work in a host of areas such as referencing or grammar.
Once you reach the stage of embarking on your third year research project / dissertation you will also have access to the world-famous Bodleian Library that is located in the city centre.
General support services
From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.
We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.