About the Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling Faculty of Education & Health

The Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling prides itself on combining high-quality teaching with world-class research and a vibrant student experience. We deliver undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in psychology, social work, counselling and public health and well-being. We also offer postgraduate options at Master's level as well as PhD programmes in Health and Social Care and Psychology.

Our forward-looking undergraduate programmes will provide you with the opportunity to actively engage in critical analysis of contemporary issues and apply academic knowledge in a range of contexts. We collaborate with other departments and faculties across the university to ensure that your education and training is comprehensive and contemporary, ensuring that you receive the tools you will need for employment or further study. For individuals with a first degree we offer postgraduate study designed to encourage and support your further development.

Profesional accreditation


Our undergraduate psychology degrees in psychology provide Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS) for students who achieve a degree class of 2:2 or above. GBC is a requirement for acceptance on to courses which lead to a career as a practitioner psychologist. We also offer an MSc in Psychology which is a conversion route to GBC with the BPS, for those with a non-accredited or part psychology undergraduate degree or part psychology who wish to gain a BPS-accredited psychology degree in one year.

Social work

The MA and BA Social Work programmes are approved by the University of Greenwich and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Successful completion of the BA or MA in Social Work confers eligibility to apply for registration with the HCPC as aSocial Worker.


Our popular Master's programme in therapeutic counselling provides the required training component to become an accredited counsellor with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).


We work closely with local and national health and social care providers including the NHS. The department also works with community and voluntary sector organisations including social enterprises, local education, health and social care providers. Students on all of our degrees have opportunities for placements and volunteering.

Staff in the department carry out applied research and consultancy, including wiuth: The Transport Research Laboratory, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Greenwich Mencap, Barnados, Audley Retirement Villages, Charlton Athletic Community Trust, Greenwich Council, Kent County Council, the Metropolitan Police Service, Visionmetric Ltd, South East Eyewitness Network, Thanet Advisory Board for Children's Centre, the Inclusion Charity and Kagyu Samye Ling Monastery and Tibetan Centre (Scotland).

Research and enterprise

Staff in the department are involved in externally funded local, national and international research and a range of social enterprise initiatives, a number of which offer opportunities for students to become involved. Research projects are conducted with international partners including in Africa, Asia, China, Europe, North America and Latin America. The majority of research in psychology that was included in a national quality assessment in 2008 was rated at standards of international excellence (RAE, 2008). The department has built on this achievement and 75% of psychology staff have been included in recent national research assessment exercise (REF2014). Other staff in the department have also been included in a submission for nursing in the same exercise.

Psychology research in the department is focused on using psychological knowledge to make a positive change in the world. Specific areas include: cognitive psychology, developmental psychology (lifespan), electrophysiology, individual differences (personality and intelligence), neuropsychology, perception, positive psychology, social psychology and social cognition. However, most work is in more than one area with a focus of work on both basic and applied research and the application of findings in different contexts including: education, health, environment, law and social behaviour and behaviour change.

Research in social work, social care, public health and wellbeing looks at areas including: communities of, and evidence based, practice, environmental health, health and social care issues associated with Gypsies and Romany people, leadership in health and social care, minority and ethnic health issues, national and international social work training and practice, social enterprise and entrepreneurship and sociology and health inequality.

A full list of staff research and publications can be found at here.