Experimental Psychology

For information on how to apply, entrance requirements and selection criteria, please see the University website and the Department of Experimental Psychology's website.

Why New College?

New College has a tradition of excellence in Experimental Psychology and has a large intake of students studying psychology, many who choose to focus exclusively on this subject.

Students seem to benefit both from the fairly large, and broad, intake, meaning that there is a strong cohort of students in each year studying psychology, some of whom study it ‘pure’ (at least, after the first two terms), while others combine it with Philosophy, or Biomedical Sciences. Each new academic year there are 5 new students, and across the College there are, at any one time, no fewer than 15 students who can be sources of advice and support with questions relating to the course.

Places available

There are 5 places available. All A-level combinations are acceptable, although some background in the natural sciences and biology is useful. Tutors are looking for candidates with a wide range of interests, intellectual curiosity, and independence of mind. 

What we look for

New College students are expected to be intellectually curious, highly motivated, and enthusiastic. They typically achieve at high levels in degree examinations, while also being well-rounded individuals who contribute to as well as benefit from wider university life (whether on the sports field, in the concert hall, on the stage, or by being active members of the JCR).

After your degree

After graduating with their degree in Experimental Psychology, alumni of New College have many options available to them, valued as they are as graduates who are both literate and numerate. In the last decade or so many of our graduates have gone on to pursue further study or research either in psychology (e.g, in clinical psychology) or in another academic field (e.g., medicine, law), while others have achieved outstanding success in areas as varied as banking, management, and the Civil Service.