Best Psychology Schools in the UK - University Rankings 2021

The United Kingdom is one of the most popular destinations for international students. If you’ve decided to study a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Psychology in Britain, you will enjoy high academic standards, experienced professors, and a multicultural environment with students from all over the world.

We’ve listed below the best psychology schools in the UK based on international university rankings created by:

  • Times Higher Education
  • TopUniversities
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • The Guardian
  • The Complete University Guide

1. Best psychology schools in the UK – Times Higher Education Subject Rankings 2021

Check out the full Psychology ranking on the Times Higher Education website.

2. Best psychology schools in the UK – TopUniversities Subject Rankings 2021

See other ranked psychology schools on the TopUniversities website.

3. Best psychology schools in the UK – Shanghai Ranking by Subject 2020

  • University College London
  • University of Oxford
  • King’s College London
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • York University
  • Cardiff University
  • University of Bristol
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Warwick

Read the full list of psychology schools on the Shanghai Ranking website.

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4. Best psychology schools in the UK – The Guardian 2021

The Guardian releases the University Guide every year. The main criteria used to create the ranking are course satisfaction, teaching quality, feedback, staff-student ratio, spend per student, career after 6 months, continuation rate, and others.

The full ranking is available on The Guardian website.

5. Best psychology schools in the UK – The Complete University Guide 2021

The Complete University Guide release their ranking every year. It evaluates universities based on entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality, and graduate prospects.

  • Oxford University
  • Cambridge University
  • St. Andrews University
  • Bath University
  • King’s College London
  • Glasgow University
  • Bristol University
  • Exeter University
  • University College London
  • Lancaster University

For the complete ranking and details about each university, visit The Complete University Guide website.

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Student reviews of the best psychology schools in the UK

Since an important part of practising Psychology is listening to other people, it’s only normal to include several student reviews of the top British psychology schools. Hopefully, they will help you understand what kind of study experience you will have.

University of Surrey

“My overall study experience has been rewarding. Like any other journey, my university journey had its peaks and valleys. Altogether, you learn how to quickly be resilient and also celebrate your successes. I have been encouraged and mentored both by academic and non-academic mentors who are successful in their own right. Altogether, the experience moulds you to be your best self, I therefore highly recommend you pursue a degree in the UK.”

University of Bristol

“The fields of study were so varied you could always find something to interest you on a personal level. Tutors were friendly and approachable. The University has great halls and social areas, and Bristol is a lovely creative city.”

University of Sussex

“The University of Sussex makes feel welcome since the very first second you put your feet at the school. They have an amazing staff to help you with everything you have trouble with. The professors are well prepared, and the modules are very interesting. The city is beautiful, but the country is really expensive, which doesn't have to be a problem because you can find a scholarship suitable for you.”

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