Pathway Leader:

Professor Michael Thomas

Team members:

Jenny Allen
Dr. Helen Murphy,
Jeremy Skipper

Pathway Institution Training Route 1+3 2+3 +3 +4
Psychology BBK Computational Modelling
BBK Developmental Sciences
BBK/UCL Educational Neuroscience
BBK, UCL Cognitive Neuroscience
BBK, UCL Decision and Cognitive Sciences
BBK, UCL, UEL Experimental Psychology
UCL Deafness and Sign Language
UCL Human-Computer Interaction
UCL Psychology of Education
UCL Social Psychology
UCL, UEL Clinical and Health Psychology
UCL, UEL Occupational and Organisational Psychology
UCL, UEL Psychology and Social Change

Within the Psychology Pathway, training is represented across three institutions, and a number of departments. Within Birkbeck (BBK), there is the Department of Psychological Sciences. Within the IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, there is the Department of Psychology and Human Development. Within the University of East London (UEL), there is the School of Psychology within which are groupings in cognition & neuroscience, addiction, and developmental, health and social psychology. Within UCL, there are four research departments in the Faculty of Brain Sciences within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences: Experimental Psychology (EP), the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology (CEHP), and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN). Some research centres additionally straddle other UCL departments (Computer Science in the case of UCLIC and the Institute of Neurology in the case of the ICN). All these departments have an intensive research focus, with highly visible and internationally leading outputs and facilities, considerable external research income and extensive national and international research collaborations with other institutions. The component departments together offer a wide range of state-of-the-art research facilities, including equipment for multimodal behavioural testing, auditory and visual psychophysics, eye-movement recordings, infant testing, and brain imaging. The Psychology pathway offers great breadth, with interlocking areas of strength in development, education, social change, language, cognition, neuroscience, and computation. Thirteen training routes are available, including Clinical and Health Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Computational Modelling, Deafness and Sign Language, Decision and Cognitive Sciences, Psychology of Education, Developmental Sciences, Educational Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, Human-Computer Interaction, Occupational and Organisational Psychology, Psychology and Social Change, Social Psychology. Both FT and PT +3 and 1+3 structures are available across all routes, and 2+3 and +4 across some. Specific Masters programmes are aligned with training routes, including some options across institutions. Interested students should approach relevant possible supervisors at any of our partner institutions to discuss their proposed research projects in the first instance; alternatively, interested students should contact a representative within the relevant department: Birkbeck: Michael Thomas (; UCL Institute of Education: Jenny Allen ( ); UCL: Dr. Jeremy Skipper (; UEL: Prof Mark McDermott (