Our department was ranked first nationwide in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We have over 20 groups performing ground-breaking basic and translational research.
As one of the leading psychology departments worldwide, our taught and research-based programmes provide exceptional educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.
Find out what we are doing to support the well-being of our staff and students, create a welcoming and inclusive environment, and celebrate the successes of our alumni.
From our Head of Department
At the Oxford Department of Experimental Psychology, our mission is to conduct world-leading experimental research to understand the psychological and neural mechanisms relevant to human behaviour. Wherever appropriate, we translate our findings into evidence-based public benefits in mental health and wellbeing, education, industry, and policy. We aim to provide our students with an inspiring and immersive scientific education, and to train the next generation of outstanding researchers with theoretical rigour and cutting-edge methodologies in an inclusive, diverse, and international environment. We are committed to helping individuals thrive in a community that is free from discrimination, harassment, and bullying; and in which people treat one another with respect and dignity in a mutually supportive manner.
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE
We are carefully monitoring the rapidly-evolving situation to protect the health and safety of staff, students, research participants and all those we come into contact with. Your well-being is at the heart of our policies and procedures. For the latest advice, please check the University’s advice page, which is updated frequently to reflect guidance from the government and Public Health England.
Because there is a lot of understandable anxiety, worry and uncertainty amongst our staff, students and the public, we've created a new COVID-19 Mental Health page as well as putting together some COVID-19 Resources. We hope you find them useful.
11 February 2021
It's International Women's Day and MSD launches project to celebrate 100 years since women were admitted as full members of the University.
1 February 2021
To mark Children's Mental Health Week, this blog explores themes around racism and young people, based on the Emerging Minds' Voices, Powers and Attitudes Challenge. Written by Fiyory Ghezae, an intern with the Emerging Minds Network.
3 November 2020
Emeritus Professor Robin Dunbar discusses how the book's complex character networks are kept within limits of what human minds are designed by evolution to cope with.
We welcome applications from talented, well-qualified people interested in undertaking and supporting the highest quality research in psychology and other related fields.