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World’s Top 10 Universities for Psychology in 2016

Dennis Relojo-Howell

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Last 21st September 2016, the result of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THEWUR) 2016–2017 was announced. The University of Oxford has emerged to be the first UK university to top the league table in its 12-year history. It knocked the five-time leader, the California Institute of Technology, into second place. 

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017 lists the 980 top universities in the world, making it its biggest international league table to date. It is the only global university performance table to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Here are the top 10 universities in the world for psychology:

10. University of California, Berkeley

In 1921–1922, in keeping with a growing trend across the nation, Berkeley’s Department of Psychology was established as a separate unit, emerging from the Department of Philosophy.

For nearly a century, the department has been a national and international leader in psychological research and the superior educational programmes that it has provided to undergraduates and doctoral students.

9. University of California, Los Angeles

The UCLA Department of Psychology includes a large group of postdoctoral scholars, typically 25–30 at a time. They play a central role in the Department – as researchers, as mentors and teachers in the labs and community settings. 

8. Princeton University

For over a century, Princeton has been one of the most notable psychology departments in the world. It has been home to psychologists who have made well-known scientific discoveries in the fields of psychology and neuroscience. 

7. University of Michigan

The Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan is consistently ranked as a top department in the world because of its excellence of our faculty,  students and programmes. Its faculty are recognised globally for their contributions to the creation of new scientific knowledge in psychology.

6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The mission of the MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences is to reverse engineer the human mind. Its headquarters, Building 46, is home to the collaborative, interdisciplinary spirit that inspired its beginnings in 1964.

5. Harvard University

The field of psychology first emerged at Harvard in the late 1800’s under the scholarship of William James, and ever since then Harvard has been at the forefront of the field. B.F. Skinner, Gordon Allport, Jerome Bruner, George Miller, and Henry Murray are some of the pioneers who have worked in the Department of Psychology, which continues to be among the top-ranked programmes in the US.

4. University of Chicago

The Department of Psychology at Chicago has a longstanding tradition of producing research that results in real-world impact. From local initiatives in neighbourhoods surrounding the University campus to tools used by teachers in classrooms and parents at home around the world, Department faculty and students are constantly making innovations that change the lives of people everywhere.

3. Yale University

The Department of Psychology at Yale conducts research in major areas of the field, including behavioural neuroscience, clinical, cognitive, developmental, and social/personality psychology.

The BA in psychology has been designed to provide undergraduates reasonable grounding in psychology in the context of a general liberal arts education. At the graduate level, the primary goal is the training of research investigators in academic and applied settings.

2. University of Oxford

Experimental Psychology has been taught at Oxford for more than 100 years, and is one of the leading psychology departments worldwide. Its department is known for its ground breaking basic and translational research, and for the exceptional educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

1. Stanford University

Jordan Hall is named after the first president of Stanford, David Starr Jordan, and home to the Department of Psychology of Stanford. The Department is ranked as number one in the US, and has been the leading psychology department among American universities for decades. This extraordinary achievement was honoured by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. in 2003. The Stanford Psychology Department is located on the Main Quad of the Stanford campus.

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Source: THE World University Rankings 2016–2017 by Subject


Dennis Relojo-Howell is the founder of Psychreg. He is also the editor-in-chief of Psychreg Journal Psychology, and writes a weekly column for Free Malaysia Today

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