Experimental Psychology & PPL

Experimental Psychology University College OxfordPsychology can be studied as a single-honours degree in Experimental Psychology, or jointly as part of the degree course in Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics. Undergraduate Psychology at Oxford is taught as a scientific discipline, involving substantial amounts of practical work, experimentation, and the rigorous formulation and testing of ideas. Our courses concentrate on biological, cognitive, human experimental, social and developmental psychology. Studying at Oxford, you’ll address such questions as: How do we perceive colours? How do children acquire language? What predisposes two people to get on with each other? What causes schizophrenia?

Psychology at Oxford is based on a scientific approach to research. Experimental Psychology will provide you with a solid grounding in fundamental aspects of the subject, and give the opportunity for greater specialisation through several optional modules after first year. Studying Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics, allows you to explore close connections between these disciplines. There are plenty of opportunities throughout the three or four-years to experience either extended project work and research as well as written exam papers.

The College has particular strength in Neuroscience and our tutors teach students across many subjects in the Medical Sciences. We are also able to provide in-house teaching for all elements of the PPL degree. Our tutors are involved in cutting-edge research and they are fully committed to supporting undergraduate teaching. As a result, Psychology at Univ has a reputation for very strong academic performance. The Psychology subject group is known for being a warm and supportive group of students and social and extra-curricular events are very well attended. See below for more information about Linguistics at Univ.

Students can elect to graduate after three years with a BA degree. Many students continue for a research-intensive fourth year leading to a Master’s degree. This fourth year is focused on Experimental Psychology and allied disciplines and therefore is not available for Philosophy and Linguistics.

There is a wealth of information about the Psychology course structure, possible option choices, and admissions criteria on the University of Oxford’s main website, for Experimental Psychology, and PPL.

Any undergraduate degree at Oxford provides you with a wide variety of transferable skills and therefore Univ’s students progress to a diverse range of careers. For some, their undergraduate degree leads to academic research, industrial research or teaching. For many, their future career, for instance in business, government or the charitable sector, is defined less by the subject they studied and more by the skills they acquired. Oxford’s Careers Service provides destination statistics for graduates.


If you are considering applying for a degree involving Psychology, a number of resources you might find useful to explore beyond the school curriculum can be found on Univ’s Staircase12 pages, including the Reading Bank and Resource Hub.


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