UCL Educational Psychology


About Us

Read about the history of Educational Psychology training at UCL and our place within the wider UCL Research Department and Division below.

History of Educational Psychology Training at UCL

The establishment at UCL in 1897 of the first psychological laboratory in the country (and the second in the world after Leipzig) has been hailed as a landmark in the history of British psychology. The most recent Higher Education Funding Council research assessment exercise confirmed the College’s reputation for excellence in psychological research. We pride ourselves on maintaining strengths across the whole range of the discipline and have a long and distinguished tradition in the teaching of applied psychology. The one-year professional training Diploma in Educational Psychology introduced at UCL by Sir Cyril Burt in 1946 was the first of its kind in Britain. Click here to find out more about the history of Educational Psychology training at UCL.

Our Research Department and Division

The UCL Educational Psychology Group is situated within the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, part of the 83% REF research rated ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences - the largest such division in the country with over 120 academic staff and 1500 students studying at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The Division forms part of the Faculty of Brain Sciences. The Faculty ranks second globally for research in neuroscience/behaviour and psychiatry/psychology. UCL is the top-ranked university in the UK for research in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience.