School of Psychology and Social Work

About the school

Our vibrant and interdisciplinary School of Psychology and Social Work delivers high-quality and professional education and research.

We have strong links with national, local and regional agencies. Our exciting range of contemporary professional programmes consist of Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the Clinical Psychology Doctoral programme, MSc Dementia (Online), and our portfolio of Social Work programmes, including our BA Social Work Degree Apprenticeship.

We provide an outstanding student experience and conduct world-leading research that addresses local, national, and international priorities.


Research in the School of Psychology and Social Work

Research in our school encompasses both lab-based and applied research. Our lab-based research investigates mental processes such as learning, memory, and perception. We investigate the nature of these processes in adults, whether they are critically linked to particular brain areas, how they develop in children, how they are affected by issues such as mental health problems and neurological conditions, and whether similar processes can be observed in non-human species.

Our applied research brings together expertise and specialisms across clinical psychology and social work. Together our researchers address a wide variety of nationally and internationally relevant topics such as dementia; addictions and substance misuse; long-term health conditions; adult and adolescent mental health; suicide prevention and postvention; health inequalities; homelessness; death, dying and bereavement; safeguarding children and adults; domestic abuse; service implementation, delivery and evaluation; social care workforce; carers.

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 84% of our Psychology and Neuroscience research and 89% of our Social Work and Social Policy research was rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Research strengths

Alcohol and Drug Research

Our research in this field is influential in developing clinical practice and informing alcohol policy.

Based in the University’s Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research, our work leads on the development of clinical and public health research into alcohol and drug use. With a keen interest in collaborative projects, we maintain and grow research that changes lives and communities.

Our community

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"It's about working together, being supportive and being the nurse that is needed from the patient."

Watch: find out why David Dale chose Learning Disability Nursing at Hull.

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Social Work on-demand

Watch: Join lecturer Luke Cartwright for a virtual Social Work taster session and find out more about studying at Hull.

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"It's opened my mind and my sense of adventure. I've learned a lot from University."

Watch: find out why Aaron Hall chose Psychology at Hull.

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Psychology on demand

Watch: Join Dr Igor Schindler and student Alexandra Poole for a virtual Psychology taster session.

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"I feel really proud to be a student at Hull. And I really encourage people to come and try it. It feels like Home"

Melanie Garlick, BA Social Work

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology fast-track

A unique link between BSc Psychology and our Clinical Psychology Doctorate offers a fast-track to qualifying while having your doctorate fees paid and receiving an NHS salary.

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Life changing work placements

Chose from a diverse range of professional practice placements, including drug and alcohol projects, sexual health education, homelessness projects, school inclusion, and projects to tackle child sexual exploitation.

Accredited by the British Psychological Society

Our psychology degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). Meaning you’re eligible for chartered membership of the BPS when you graduate – an essential for a career as a professional psychologist.

Flexible study, delivered digitally

MSc in Dementia is delivered entirely online, with three start dates each year. Critically challenge common perceptions and learn what it means to live well with dementia.

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Research Assistantship Scheme

Our competitive Research Assistantships give psychology students hands-on experience of research projects with our world-leading experts, as well as giving a boost to your CV.

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Students visiting the university

University of Hull Health Campus

Boasting a simulated operating theatre, hospital ward and intensive care unit, our new £28-million Health Campus is a phenomenal resource for our students. You’ll train in a real-life setting from the start – giving you the skills and confidence to easily transition into a clinical setting.