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Psychology facilities

The School of Psychology is located within the Murray Library on City Campus. Our facilities provide you with the equipment you need to test your theories and support your hypothesis. Find out what facilities we have within the School of Psychology.

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School of Psychology in Murray Health

The School of Psychology is based on Level 2 of the Murray Library on city campus. We are proud to have been part of an £8million project to create a centre of health excellence. Watch our video to see more of Murray Health.

The new School of Psychology area provides a 60-person IT Skills Lab incorporating the General Medical Council (GMC) Exam Space, digital 1-2-1 spaces, Silent Study zones, 30-person seminar rooms, and student breakout spaces.

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Specialist facilities

You will have access to various specialist facilities in the School of Psychology. We have several simulation and behavioural observation suites that can be used in research and in teaching. In our simulation suites, you can create a specific environment, whether this is a crowded pub when studying addiction, or a beautiful mountain landscape when studying mindfulness. We can also incorporate scents to make your simulation as realistic as possible.

Other available spaces include:

  • Soundproof booths
  • Eye tracking laboratory
  • Visual psychophysics laboratory
  • SkillsLab, a 30-seater IT suite
  • Multimedia and games research room
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Equipment and software

We have a range of specialist equipment available, used for teaching, research and conducting experiments. These include:

  • Powerlab psychophysiological measurement equipment, which allows us to collect a range of physiological measures, like galvanic skin response, heart rate and respiration rate
  • A transcranial direct-current brain stimulation machine (tDCS)
  • Specialist data analysis and experiment building software
A staff member watching students using the immersive suite and monitoring the equipment

The Immersive Suite

The Living Lab boasts a unique immersive simulation room, so you can experience a range of simulated scenarios in a safe environment.

The space is designed to make scenarios feel as close to reality as possible, to allow you to practise your skills safely. An adjacent debrief room allows groups to observe the scenario in the immersive suite through a live stream (projected onto TV screens) and provide peer feedback and group discussion following the completion of the scenario.

mental health ward

The Mental Health Ward

As part of our dedication to preparing you for entering the world of employment, we run several simulations using our equipment to give our students practice of applying their skills in a real-world situation.

One of the ways we do this is through our Mental Health Ward, which is designed to replicate a working environment. The ward includes bedrooms, a day room, a seclusion room and a treatment room, allowing for a range of mental health scenarios to be conducted by students, with supervision from staff.

Practising in safe scenarios such as this can keep you informed about the type of job roles you can pursue after you graduate.

An external view of Murray Library on a sunny day

The University library

There are over 430,000 books within our University Library, with more titles available through the inter-library loan services. There are a range of resources for the School of Psychology, including:

  • PsycARTICLES, from the American Psychological Association (APA) database containing full-text articles from over 50 peer-reviewed Psychology journals covering 1985 to the present
  • Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Collection, which is a database that provides nearly 575 full text publications and covers topics such as emotional and behavioural characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, counselling, and observational and experimental methods
  • Science Direct, which provides some full text access to scientific and technical peer-reviewed journals, with coverage is all aspects of science, including Psychology and Counselling
  • Web of Knowledge, which provides access to ISI Web of Science, a multidisciplinary database of journal abstracts and citations from 1981 to date


As well as reading resources, the University library can also offer you further support services, such as one-to-one study skills sessions, accessibility and disability support, laptops available to borrow, bookable study rooms and more.