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UoA 4 Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience

Our researchers work across the breadth of psychology, psychiatry, and neuroscience to tackle major challenges facing society and the environment. This includes changing UK legislation on consumer charges to reduce single-use plastic waste, introduction of a new national service to support the adoption of siblings and hard to place children in care, and transformation of guidance for the UK emergency services.

Our REF results confirmed our position as a world-leading centre of excellence. We achieved an overall position of 7th (out of 93) in the UK, with a GPA score of 3.55. 95% of our research is deemed as either world-leading or internationally excellent. Our research environment was awarded the highest possible score (4.0).

We foster an inclusive, diverse and collaborative research community. Reflective of this, we submitted 100% of our eligible staff to this Unit of Assessment.

Our results

Quality level 4 star % 3 star % 2 star % 1 star %Unclassified %
Outputs 43.348.
Impact 77.822.

Our research environment

Our research involves the science of human and animal behaviour, as a foundation to understanding the nature and treatment of a broad range of psychiatric, neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders.

We have 7 research themes: social and environmental psychology, health and developmental psychology, developmental psychiatry, psychosis and major affective disorders, neurodegenerative disorders, cognitive science, and neuroscience. These themes generate social, medical, and economic impacts.

Our research and impact are driven by people who work in a vibrant and supportive environment. We have access to infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities that enable extensive local, national, and international interdisciplinary collaborations.

Since REF 2014, we increased our capacity, sustainability and vitality through strategic open-ended teaching and research staff appointments, externally funded fellowships, postgraduate research training awards, enhanced interdisciplinary and translational research across our 7 themes and £119.7million in  awards.

Discover our research

UoA 4 includes the School of Medicine and the School of Psychology, both of which enjoy a vibrant and supportive research culture with the research being carried out at both schools having a positive impact on people's lives.

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Improving decision-making in the emergency services

Our ground-breaking research has improved how the emergency services think, behave, and respond in emergency situations.

Laboratory Research

Research at the School of Medicine

Our world-leading medical research is driven by creativity and curiosity.


Impact at the School of Medicine

Our medical research and clinical innovation is making a difference to peoples lives.

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Research at the School of Psychology

Our internationally leading research delivers advances in knowledge and improvements in quality of life.


Impact at the School of Psychology

Our researchers are working across the spectrum of psychology to tackle major challenges facing society and the environment.