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

Research Assessment Exercise 2008   This page contains links to 76 psychology Ph.D. programs in the United Kingdom, rank-ordered in research quality according to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (for earlier rankings, see the 1996 or 2001 RAE). The RAE relies on peer review and uses the following scale:

4* Rating: Quality that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour
3* Rating: Quality that is internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour but which nonetheless falls short of the highest standards of excellence
2* Rating: Quality that is recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour
1* Rating: Quality that is recognised nationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour
Unclassified: Quality that falls below the standard of nationally recognised work. Or work which does not meet the published definition of research for the purposes of this assessment

Each school's score below equals the percentage of its research activity rated as either 4* ("world-leading") or 3* ("internationally excellent"). For further school information, see this clickable map of UK universities and colleges, or use the menu below for additional program rankings.



2008 Research Assessment Exercise Rankings
Rank School Department *Score
1 University of Cambridge Experimental Psych. 85
2.5 University of Birmingham Psychology 80
2.5 University of Oxford Experimental Psych. 80
4 University College London Psychology 75
6 Birkbeck, University of London Psychology 70
6 Royal Holloway, University of London Psychology 70
6 Cardiff University Psychology 70
9.5 University of Warwick Psychology 65
9.5 University of York Psychology 65
9.5 University of St. Andrews Psychology 65
9.5 University of Wales, Bangor Psychology 65
16 University of Bristol Experimental Psych. 60
16 Durham University Psychology 60
16 University of Nottingham Psychology 60
16 University of Reading Psychology 60
16 University of Sheffield Psychology 60
16 University of Southampton Psychology 60
16 University of Sussex Psychology 60
16 University of Edinburgh Psychology 60
16 University of Glasgow Psychology 60
21.5 University of Essex Psychology 55
21.5 University of Exeter Psychology 55
24.5 City University, London Psychology 50
24.5 Goldsmiths College, University of London Psychology 50
24.5 University of Aberdeen Psychology 50
24.5 University of Leeds Psychology 50
27.5 Anglia Ruskin University Psychology 45
27.5 University of Manchester Psychology 45
30.5 University of Kent at Canterbury Psychology 40
30.5 Lancaster University Psychology 40
30.5 University of Newcastle Psychology 40
30.5 University of Surrey Psychology 40
34.5 Brunel University Psychology 35
34.5 University of Hull Psychology 35
34.5 University of Dundee Psychology 35
34.5 Univ. of Wales, Swansea (now Swansea Univ.) Psychology 35
39 University of Hertfordshire Psychology 30
39 University of Liverpool Psychology 30
39 University of Plymouth Psychology 30
39 University of Strathclyde Psychology 30
39 Queen's University Belfast Psychology 30
44.5 Keele University Psychology 25
44.5 University of Lincoln Psychology 25
44.5 Northumbria University Psychology 25
44.5 Oxford Brookes University Psychology 25
44.5 University of Portsmouth Psychology 25
44.5 University of Ulster Psychology 25
50 University of Central Lancashire Psychology 20
50 University of East London Psychology 20
50 Kingston University Psychology 20
50 London South Bank University Psychology 20
50 Roehampton University Psychology 20
56 University of East Anglia Social Work/Psychology 15
56 University of Greenwich Psych./Counsel. 15
56 University of Leicester Psychology 15
56 Nottingham Trent University Psychology 15
56 University of Westminster Psychology 15
56 University of Abertay Dundee Psychology 15
56 University of Stirling Psychology 15
63 University of Derby Psychology 10
63 University of Gloucestershire Psychology 10
63 London Metropolitan University Psychology 10
63 Middlesex University Psychology 10
63 Sheffield Hallam University Psychology 10
63 Glasgow Caledonian University Psychology 10
63 University of Glamorgan Psychology 10
69.5 Bath Spa University Psychology 5
69.5 University of Bolton Psychology 5
69.5 Liverpool Hope University College Psychology 5
69.5 University of Sunderland Psychology 5
69.5 Heriot-Watt University Applied Psychology 5
69.5 Napier University Psychology 5
74.5 Coventry University Psychology 0
74.5 Leeds Trinity & All Saints Psychology 0
74.5 Thames Valley U. (now U. of West London) Human Sciences 0
74.5 York St. John University Psychology 0



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