Best universities for psychology degrees 2020

Find the best colleges for psychology using Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data

November 19 2019
Best universities in psychology

Psychology is the study of the mind and human behaviour. Psychology students will learn about the feelings that humans experience, what motivates us and how we interact with each other.?

Many psychology graduates will go on to careers as professional psychologists, however a degree in psychology can also lead to careers in childcare, social work or in the legal profession. Scroll down for a full guide to what you can do with a psychology degree.?

This year?Times Higher Education?has released a?ranking of the 494 best universities for psychology degrees. The ranking features 47 countries.?

Stanford University takes first place in the 2020 ranking, followed by Princeton University.?UCL?is the only UK university in the top 10 (number 4) and the University of British Columbia, which rounds out the top 10, is the only Canadian institution.?

More than a quarter of the universities in the overall ranking (141 universities) are US universities. The next most represented country is the UK, with 72 universities present. Australia, Germany and Canada are also well represented, with 31, 29 and 27 universities respectively.

The ranking uses the same methodology as the?Times Higher Education?World University Rankings, but with a higher weighting for citations and a lower weighting for teaching.?The full methodology can be found?here.?


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The top 5 universities for psychology degrees

1. Stanford University

The department of psychology at Stanford University was one of the first departments to be established at the institution.?

Undergraduate and graduate programmes are available, with the latter emphasising research training. The department is split into five research groups known as department areas. The areas are?affective science, neuroscience,?cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, and social psychology.?

The department has close ties with many other departments?at Stanford, such as biology, law, medicine, law and business. There are aims to increase participation in various interdisciplinary programmes on campus.?

Research is carried out in areas including addictive behaviours, psychopathology and risk, and stereotyping.

2. Princeton University

The psychology department at Princeton University has produced one Nobel prizewinner, six Distinguished Contributions awards from the American Psychological Association and three William James Fellow Awards from the Association for Psychological Science.?

Graduate study is focused on systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, perception and cognition, personality and social psychology, and physiological psychology. This is viewed as a preparatory programme for a PhD.?

The department is closely affiliated with the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, which fosters research on neuroscience and psychological function.?


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3. University of Pennsylvania

The Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest continuously functioning psychology department in North America.

One of the courses offered within the department at undergraduate level is “The Pursuit of Happiness”, which aims to explore the theoretical, scientific and practical aspects of well-being and how students can use these methods to increase their own feelings of happiness.?

Graduate research groups are split into two areas: brain, cognitive and decision science and clinical, positive and social psychology.

4. UCL

The?UCL?Division of Psychology and Language Sciences is the largest department of its kind in the UK, with more than 120 academic staff members and approximately 1,500 students.?

The undergraduate programme at UCL is accredited by the British Psychological Society and graduates are eligible to become members.?

As well as undergraduate courses, the department offers 20 master’s degrees in topics including business psychology, neuroscience, decision science and human-computer interaction.


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5. University of Chicago

The University of Chicago’s Department of Psychology was founded in 1893.?

Undergraduate psychology courses are centred around faculty-taught courses and research opportunities, which makes it one of the most popular majors at the university. The Undergraduate Research Initiative is a programme that aims to help psychology students find research opportunities to fit their interests and prepare them for future careers. The initiative includes a series of workshops, informational sessions, and career development events throughout the year to help students make the most of the many opportunities and research-related events available on campus and beyond.

The PhD programmes are also popular and students can choose?between four research areas to focus their work on: cognition, developmental psychology, integrative neuroscience or social psychology.?


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Top universities for psychology degrees 2020?

Click on each institution to view its?World University Ranking 2020?profile

Psychology Rank 2020? Psychology Rank 2019? University Country/region
?1? ?1? Stanford University United States
?2? ?3? Princeton University United States
?3? ?5? University of Pennsylvania United States
?4? ?2? UCL United Kingdom
?5? ?4? University of Chicago United States
?6? ?7? Harvard University United States
?7? ?10? Yale University United States
?8? ?11? University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States
?9? ?8? University of California, Los Angeles United States
?10? ?12? University of British Columbia Canada
?11? ?22? New York University United States
?12? ?9? London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
?13? ?6? Duke University United States
?14? ?=20? University of Amsterdam Netherlands
?15? ?13? Cornell University United States
?16? ?14? Northwestern University United States
?17? ?15? University of Washington United States
?18? ?16? Columbia University United States
?19? ?24? Karolinska Institute Sweden
?20? ?26? University of Virginia (Main campus) United States
?21? ?17? University of Minnesota United States
?=22? ?23? Carnegie Mellon University United States
?=22? ?18? University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
?=22? ?19? University of Toronto Canada
?=25? ?30? University of Texas at Austin United States
?=25? ?=20? University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
?27? ?29? University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
?28? ?=49? KU Leuven Belgium
?29? ?35? McGill University Canada
?30? ?27? University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
?31? ?28? Ohio State University (Main campus) United States
?32? ?NR? University of California, Davis United States
?33? ?37? University of Melbourne Australia
?34? ?38? University of Groningen Netherlands
?35? ?34? Penn State (Main campus) United States
?36? ?32? Michigan State University United States
?37? ?31? University of California, San Diego United States
?38? ?=56? Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
?39? ?48? Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
?40? ?33? Brown University United States
?41? ?68? University of Sydney Australia
?42? ?=46? Utrecht University Netherlands
?43? ?42? Vanderbilt University United States
?44? ?78? Cardiff University United Kingdom
?45? ?=52? National University of Singapore Singapore
?46? ?36? LMU Munich Germany
?47? ?67? University of Queensland Australia
?48? ?=56? University of Maryland, College Park United States
?49? ?=62? University of Tübingen Germany
?50? ?=49? Arizona State University (Tempe) United States
?51? ?44? Tilburg University Netherlands
?52? ?=52? UNSW Sydney Australia
?53? ?43? University of Southern California United States
?54? ?40? University of Bristol United Kingdom
?55? ?39? Washington University in St Louis United States
?56? ?=56? University of California, Santa Barbara United States
?57? ?45? University of Rochester United States
?=58? ?83? Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
?=58? ?41? Heidelberg University Germany
?60? ?54? University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
?=61? ?61? Australian National University Australia
?=61? ?=74? Ghent University Belgium
?=63? ?73? Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
?=63? ?69? Radboud University Nijmegen Netherlands
?=65? ?=62? University of Birmingham United Kingdom
?=65? ?=56? Peking University China
?67? ?101–125? University of Padua Italy
?68? ?55? Boston University United States
?69? ?60? Indiana University United States
?70? ?=74? University of Vienna Austria
?71? ?87? York University Canada
?=72? ?101–125? University of Manchester United Kingdom
?=72? ?=46? The University of Tokyo Japan
?74? ?=89? University of Sussex United Kingdom
?75? ?70? National Taiwan University Taiwan
?76? ?151–175? Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
?=77? ?=96? University of Colorado Boulder United States
?=77? ?82? University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus United States
?=79? ?84? Maastricht University Netherlands
?=79? ?88? Queen’s University Canada
?81? ?NR? University of Oregon United States
?82? ?51? Emory University United States
?83? ?=71? University of Kent United Kingdom
?84? ?101–125? University of Exeter United Kingdom
?=85? ?101–125? University of Bath United Kingdom
?=85? ?101–125? University of Warwick United Kingdom
?87? ?126–150? University of Western Australia Australia
?88? ?=89? University of Auckland New Zealand
?89? ?=85? Birkbeck, University of London United Kingdom
?90? ?101–125? University of California, Irvine United States
?91? ?101–125? Aarhus University Denmark
?=92? ?=76? Free University of Berlin Germany
?=92? ?NR? Goldsmiths, University of London United Kingdom
?94? ?101–125? Wake Forest University United States
?95? ?101–125? University of Zurich Switzerland
?96? ?126–150? University of Konstanz Germany
?97? ?151–175? University of Macau Macao
?98? ?NR? Beijing Normal University China
?99? ?100? Georgia Institute of Technology United States
?=100? ?NR? University of Cologne Germany
?=100? ?=85? University of Mannheim Germany
?101–125? ?101–125? University of Cape Town South Africa
?101–125? ?=71? University of Connecticut United States
?101–125? ?126–150? University of Dundee United Kingdom
?101–125? ?=76? University of Florida United States
?101–125? ?=65? Florida State University United States
?101–125? ?151–175? University of G?ttingen Germany
?101–125? ?81? University of Illinois at Chicago United States
?101–125? ?=98? University of Miami United States
?101–125? ?126–150? Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
?101–125? ?=89? Northeastern University United States
?101–125? ?101–125? University of Notre Dame United States
?101–125? ?101–125? University of Nottingham United Kingdom
?101–125? ?101–125? University of Otago New Zealand
?101–125? ?101–125? University of Potsdam Germany
?101–125? ?151–175? Royal Holloway, University of London United Kingdom
?101–125? ?101–125? University of S?o Paulo Brazil
?101–125? ?101–125? University of St Andrews United Kingdom
?101–125? ?101–125? Stockholm University Sweden
?101–125? ?126–150? Stony Brook University United States
?101–125? ?=94? TU Dresden Germany
?101–125? ?151–175? Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand
?101–125? ?101–125? University of Waterloo Canada
?101–125? ?201–250? William & Mary United States
?101–125? ?80? University of York United Kingdom
?126–150? ?101–125? University of Alberta Canada
?126–150? ?126–150? University of Barcelona Spain
?126–150? ?=94? University of Basel Switzerland
?126–150? ?151–175? Boston College United States
?126–150? ?151–175? Dalhousie University Canada
?126–150? ?=62? Dartmouth College United States
?126–150? ?126–150? University of Freiburg Germany
?126–150? ?=65? University of Geneva Switzerland
?126–150? ?=96? University of Georgia United States
?126–150? ?126–150? University of Helsinki Finland
?126–150? ?101–125? University of Kansas United States
?126–150? ?93? Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
?126–150? ?176–200? Macquarie University Australia
?126–150? ?176–200? McMaster University Canada
?126–150? ?126–150? Monash University Australia
?126–150? ?126–150? Newcastle University United Kingdom
?126–150? ?176–200? Nottingham Trent University United Kingdom
?126–150? ?101–125? Rice University United States
?126–150? ?151–175? Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey United States
?126–150? ?151–175? University of Sheffield United Kingdom
?126–150? ?126–150? University of Southampton United Kingdom
?126–150? ?126–150? Tel Aviv University Israel
?126–150? ?NR? Temple University United States
?126–150? ?126–150? University of Twente Netherlands
?126–150? ?176–200? University of Victoria Canada
?151–175? ?201–250? Aston University United Kingdom
?151–175? ?126–150? University of Bern Switzerland
?151–175? ?151–175? University of Bologna Italy
?151–175? ?NR? University of Bonn Germany
?151–175? ?126–150? University of California, Riverside United States
?151–175? ?251–300? University of California, Santa Cruz United States
?151–175? ?151–175? City, University of London United Kingdom
?151–175? ?201–250? University of Delaware United States
?151–175? ?126–150? Durham University United Kingdom
?151–175? ?101–125? University of Glasgow United Kingdom
?151–175? ?201–250? University of Graz Austria
?151–175? ?151–175? Higher School of Economics Russian Federation
?151–175? ?=98? University of Iowa United States
?151–175? ?176–200? Keele University United Kingdom
?151–175? ?79? Kyoto University Japan
?151–175? ?201–250? Lancaster University United Kingdom
?151–175? ?101–125? Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
?151–175? ?NR? University of Missouri-Columbia United States
?151–175? ?201–250? University of North Carolina at Greensboro United States
?151–175? ?126–150? University of Reading United Kingdom
?151–175? ?176–200? Ruhr University Bochum Germany
?151–175? ?101–125? Simon Fraser University Canada
?151–175? ?126–150? University of Surrey United Kingdom
?151–175? ?126–150? Tufts University United States
?151–175? ?151–175? Uppsala University Sweden
?151–175? ?NR? Western University Canada
?151–175? ?126–150? University of Würzburg Germany
?176–200? ?101–125? University of Aberdeen United Kingdom
?176–200? ?251–300? University of Adelaide Australia
?176–200? ?151–175? Auburn University United States
?176–200? ?201–250? Australian Catholic University Australia
?176–200? ?176–200? Bangor University United Kingdom
?176–200? ?151–175? University of Bergen Norway
?176–200? ?251–300? Case Western Reserve University United States
?176–200? ?151–175? Coventry University United Kingdom
?176–200? ?201–250? University of Cyprus Cyprus
?176–200? ?176–200? Florida International University United States
?176–200? ?201–250? University of Fribourg Switzerland
?176–200? ?176–200? Iowa State University United States
?176–200? ?151–175? University of Jyv?skyl? Finland
?176–200? ?151–175? Korea University South Korea
?176–200? ?201–250? La Trobe University Australia
?176–200? ?126–150? University of Luxembourg Luxembourg
?176–200? ?176–200? University of Münster Germany
?176–200? ?201–250? National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan
?176–200? ?301–400? University of Nebraska-Lincoln United States
?176–200? ?126–150? North Carolina State University United States
?176–200? ?NR? University of Paris France
?176–200? ?151–175? Sapienza University of Rome Italy
?176–200? ?151–175? University of South Florida (Tampa) United States
?176–200? ?NR? Tampere University Finland

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