Psychology at UEA

Life as a UEA Student in the School of Psychology

The Schools of Study at UEA teach thousands of undergraduate and postgraduate students each year across the four faculties of our campus in Norwich.

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to Psychology.

If you haven’t already, check out our School pages on the UEA website.

In the meantime, don’t forget to Register Online to get access to your timetable once it becomes available, and log in to Blackboard our virtual learning environment.

Once you have registered online you will also need to attend a registration event (unless you are an undergraduate home student living in UEA accommodation, since you are registered automatically when you pick up your room keys).

  1. Welcome to the BSc Psychology Programme and to the University of East Anglia

    Welcome to the School of Psychology at the University of East Anglia!

    We are delighted that you chose to study with us. You are joining a lively, vibrant School: our students are enthusiastic, our administrative staff are astute and helpful, and our lecturers are committed to excellence in teaching and research.

    This is a great time to join us here. We have a thriving British Psychological Society accredited degree programme that is consistently rated most highly by our students.

    We have an enhanced laboratory provision, and we are continually enhancing extracurricular opportunities for students. We promote a friendly, scholarly and stimulating atmosphere, providing you with the knowledge and skills that make psychology graduates among the most employable in the UK.

    I am sure you will enjoy the course and I hope you will make the most of the fantastic opportunities offered by the School and UEA. This early information on the website is designed to be useful as you join us, but if you have any questions before you start please get in touch.

    I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a rewarding and enjoyable undergraduate experience and I look forward to meeting you in due course.


    Professor Kenny R. Coventry

    PhD CPsychol FBPsS FRSA

    Head of the School of Psychology

Suggested Reading for Preparation for Psychology@UEA


We do not indicate any specific reading which you are required to do before you begin your studies. The best preparation you can do is to spend a bit of time occupied with material which you find interesting which further provokes your enthusiasm for the field.

The lists below offer a prompt to the sort of material you may like to dip into as a preparation for thinking about psychology as a science for understanding people. Some of these books are ‘popular’ science and will nurture your interest in psychology (there are many other similar ‘popular psychology’ paperbacks which would be equally appropriate to get you thinking). In addition there are many ‘classics’ which are worth reading to help you gain a perspective on where we are now. We’ve also suggested some other media which will help to foster your interest and awareness.

Reading around areas of interest with ‘popular’ books can often help you to connect psychological science to wider social and cultural matters. There are plenty of ‘list’ sites on the web to help you such as 100 Greatest Psychology Books of All Time.

  • Allan Pease, Why Men Don't Listen and Women Can't Read Maps: How We're Different and What to Do About It
  • Anil Ananthaswamy, The Man who Wasn't There: Investigations Into the Strange New Science of the Self. Penguin.
  • Barry Schwartz, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less
  • Carol Tavris, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
  • David Buss, Evolutionary psychology: the new science of the mind.
  • Geoff Rolls, Classic Case Studies in Psychology
  • John Colapinto, As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl
  • John Kounios and Mark Beeman. The Eureka Factor: Aha Moments, Creative Insight, and the Brain. Random House,
  • Lauren Slater, Opening Skinner's Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century
  • Lone Frank, Mindfield: How Brain Science is Changing Our World.
  • Malcolm Gladwell, Blink; The Tipping Point
  • Matt Ridley, Nature via Nurture: Genes, Experience, and What Makes Us Human
  • Norman Doidge, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science
  • Oliver Sacks, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat
  • Paul Broks, Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology 
  • Powell, John. Why You Love Music: From Mozart to Metallica--The Emotional Power of Beautiful Sounds. Hachette UK, 2016.
  • Robert Wright, The Moral Animal: Why We Are, the Way We Are: The New Science of Evolutionary Psychology
  • Russ Rymer, Genie: A Scientific Tragedy
  • Steve Silberman, Neurotribes: The legacy of autism and the future of neurodiversity. Penguin,
  • Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner, Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores The Hidden Side of Everything
  • Steven Pinker, How the Mind Works; The Blank Slate; The Stuff of Thought
  • Sue Gerhardt, Why Love Matters: How Affection Shapes a Baby's Brain
  • Susan R. Barry, Fixing My Gaze: A Scientist’s Journey into Seeing in Three Dimensions,
  • V.S. Ramachandran, Phantoms in the Brain: Human Nature and the Architecture of the Mind

You will study 3 modules across your first year:

  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Psychology of the individual: Development, Personality, Brain and Cognition
  • Self and Society

We suggest that you do not need to purchase any specific textbooks prior to starting with us as you might want to see what’s in the library, and in addition some books are available as ‘e’ books from the library. Also as books are published across the year and some areas of teaching will not begin until January, lecturers may review and change which textbook best fits their teaching.

To give you an idea of the textbooks used on these modules you could lookout for the following:

Research Design and Analysis

  • Langdridge & Hagger-Johnson (2013) Introduction to Research Methods and Data Analysis in Psychology 3rd ed, Pearson

Self and Society

  • Hogg, M.A. & Vaughan, G.M. (2014) (7th edition). Social Psychology. Harlow: Pearson/Prentice Hall.

Psychology of the individual: Development, Personality, Brain and Cognition

  • Maltby, J., Day, L., & Macaskill, A. (2013). Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence (3rd ed.) Harlow: Pearson.
  • Breedlove, S.M. & Watson, N.V. (2013). Biological Psychology: An Introduction to Behavioral, Cognitive, and Clinical Neuroscience (7th ed.). Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Associates Inc.
  • Eysenck, M.W. & Keane, M.T. (2015). Cognitive Psychology: A Student’s Handbook 7th ed.  Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

If popular psychology material doesn’t hit the right note it’s worth trying an old classic or two. Many such readings can be found online. For example at Classics in the History of Psychology. Reading this type of material can help you understand how psychology has developed and how some of the key questions in the field have developed. Again these are just suggestions – go with your interest.

  • Andreasen, N. C. (1985). The broken brain. Harper Collins.
  • Bandura A. (1977) Social Learning Theory. Englewood Cliffs. Prentice-Hall.
  • Barondes, S. H. (1993). Molecules and mental illness. Scientific American Library. Nueva York.
  • Berger P. and Luckman T. (1966) The Social Construction of Reality: A Treatise in the Sociology of Knowledge. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
  • Darwin, C. (1872). The origin of species. Lulu. com.
  • Freud S. (1991) New introductory lectures on psychoanalysis. (Translated by James Strachey) London. Penguin.
  • Freud S. (1999) The interpretation of dreams. (Translated by Joyce Crick) Oxford. Oxford University Press.
  • Garfinkel H. (1967) Studies in ethnomethodology. Englewood Cliffs N.J. Prentice-Hall.
  • Goffman E. (1969) The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. London. Allen Lane.
  • Gould, S. J. (1981). The Mismeasure of Man.
  • Gregory, R. L. (1973). Eye and brain: The psychology of seeing.
  • Maslow A.H. (1970) Motivation and Personality. New York. Harper and Row. 2nd ed
  • Maslow A.H. (1999) Toward a psychology of being. New York, Chichester. Wiley. (Originally published 1968)
  • Milgram, S., & Gudehus, C. (1978). Obedience to authority.
  • Murray, C., & Herrnstein, R. (1994). The bell curve.
  • Peterson C., Maler S.F. and Seligman M.E.P. (1993) Learned Helplessness: A theory for the age of personal control. New York. Oxford University Press.
  • Rogers C.R. (1965) Client Centred Therapy: Its current practice. Implications and theory. London. Constable.
  • Rogers C.R. (1980) A Way of Being. Boston. Houghton Mifflin.
  • Sacks O. (1985) The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, And Other Clinical Tales. Simon and Schuster.
  • Shotter, J. (1975) Images of Man in Psychological Research. London: Methuen.
  • Skinner B.F. (1953) Science and human behavior. New York. Macmillan.
  • Squire, L. R. (1987). Memory and brain. New York.
  • Watson J.B. (1929) Psychology from the standpoint of a behaviorist. Philadelphia. Lippincott. 3rd ed.
  • Watson J.B. (1998) Behaviorism. New Brunswick N.J. Transaction. (Originally published 1924)
  • Winnicott D.W. (1964) The Child the Family and the Outside World. London. Pelican.


Psychology is embedded in all films, but there are many films with specific psychological orientations which can be useful to watch for entertainment value but also for the cultural and historical references they offer. There are plenty of crime/thriller/horror/fantasy films which tap into psychological themes and ideas.

Some films which take up specific ‘psychological themes, or provide cultural reference points include:

On the web

There are of zillions of sites on the web, if you want to dip into some interesting material try…


…and of course there is plenty of other media such as TED talks, many of which cover Psychology -

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