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1996 Ranking of U.K. Psychology Ph.D. Programs

Research Assessment Exercise 1996   This page contains links to 75 psychology Ph.D. programs in the United Kingdom, rank-ordered in research quality according to the 1996 Research Assessment Exercise (for more recent ratings, see the 2001 and 2008 RAE). The RAE relies on peer review and used the following scale in 1996:

5* Rating: International excellence in most subareas of activity, and national excellence in all others
5 Rating: International excellence in some subareas of activity, and national excellence in virtually all others
4 Rating: National excellence in virtually all subareas of activity, possibly showing some evidence of international excellence, or to international level in some and at least national level in most
3a Rating: National excellence in a substantial majority of subareas of activity, or to international level in some and to national level in others together comprising a majority
3b Rating: National excellence in the majority of subareas of activity
2 Rating: National excellence in up to half the subareas of activity
1 Rating: National excellence in none, or virtually none, of the subareas of activity

For further information, see this clickable map of UK universities and colleges, or use the menu below for additional program rankings.



1996 Research Assessment Exercise Rankings
Rank School Department Score
2.5 University of Cambridge Experimental Psych. 5*
2.5 University of Oxford Experimental Psych. 5*
2.5 University of St. Andrews Psychology 5*
2.5 University of York Psychology 5*
8.5 Birkbeck, University of London Psychology 5
8.5 Royal Holloway, University of London Psychology 5
8.5 University College London Psychology 5
8.5 University College of North Wales, Bangor Psychology 5
8.5 University of Bristol Experimental Psych. 5
8.5 University of Reading Psychology 5
8.5 University of Sheffield Psychology 5
8.5 University of Wales, Cardiff Psychology 5
21.5 City University, London Psychology 4
21.5 Goldsmiths College, University of London Psychology 4
21.5 Lancaster University Psychology 4
21.5 University of Aberdeen Psychology 4
21.5 University of Birmingham Psychology 4
21.5 University of Dundee Psychology 4
21.5 Durham University Psychology 4
21.5 University of Essex Psychology 4
21.5 University of Exeter Psychology 4
21.5 University of Glasgow Psychology 4
21.5 University of Leeds Psychology 4
21.5 University of Manchester Psychology 4
21.5 University of Newcastle Upon Tyne Psychology 4
21.5 University of Nottingham Psychology 4
21.5 University of Stirling Psychology 4
21.5 University of Surrey Psychology 4
21.5 Univ. of Wales, Swansea (now Swansea Univ.) Psychology 4
21.5 University of Warwick Psychology 4
38.5 Brunel University Psychology 3a
38.5 Keele University Psychology 3a
38.5 Loughborough University Human Sciences 3a
38.5 Queen's University Belfast Psychology 3a
38.5 University of Edinburgh Psychology 3a
38.5 University of Hertfordshire Psychology 3a
38.5 University of Hull Psychology 3a
38.5 University of Kent at Canterbury Psychology 3a
38.5 University of Leicester Psychology 3a
38.5 University of Liverpool Psychology 3a
38.5 University of Plymouth Psychology 3a
38.5 University of Southampton Psychology 3a
38.5 University of Strathclyde Psychology 3a
38.5 University of Sussex Psychology 3a
48 Glasgow Caledonian University Psychology 3b
48 Manchester Metropolitan University Health, Psy., Social Care 3b
48 Open University Psychology 3b
48 Oxford Brookes University Psychology 3b
48 University of Central Lancashire Psychology 3b
48 University of Portsmouth Psychology 3b
48 University of Westminster Psychology 3b
61 Bolton Institute Psychology 2
61 Coventry University Psychology 2
61 De Montfort University Psychology 2
61 London Guildhall University (now LMU) Psychology 2
61 Middlesex University Psychology 2
61 Nottingham Trent University Psychology 2
61 Roehampton Institute (now Univ. of Roehampton) Psychology 2
61 Staffordshire University Psychology 2
61 University of Abertay Dundee Psychology 2
61 University of Derby Psychology 2
61 University of East London Psychology 2
61 University of Greenwich Psych./Counselling 2
61 U. of Lincolnshire and Humberside (now LU) Psychology 2
61 University of Luton (now University of Bedfordshire) Psychology 2
61 Northumbria University Psychology 2
61 University of Paisley (now UWS) Psychology 2
61 University of Teesside Psychology 2
61 University of Ulster Psychology 2
61 University of Wolverhampton Psychology 2
71 Winchester University Psychology 1
71 Liverpool Hope University Psychology 1
71 Nene College (now University of Northampton) Psychology 1
71 Thames Valley U. (now U. of West London) Psychology 1
71 University of Worcester Psychology 1



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