Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

About the department

Welcome to the Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development, part of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Our Department is a dynamic and diverse group of academics, researchers and professionals who are working collaboratively to better understand, and support, human development, health and well-being.

We offer a high-challenge, high-support environment, where you can work alongside our outstanding research and teaching staff, in order to develop your knowledge and skills, in research and professional practice, as well as take care of your post qualifying developmental needs.

The Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development hosts a 'Flying Faculty' model, which currently is being delivered in both Hong Kong and Gibraltar. A ‘Flying Faculty’ model refers to academic provision that is accredited by Oxford Brookes University, and is delivered in international locations by Oxford Brookes Academic staff.

Paramedic science students


Psychology Researchers in a lab

Research in the Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development offers a supportive and collaborative research community, giving you the chance to develop your research skills together with knowledge of your chosen subject.

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 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 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.