Oxford’s department is widely regarded as one of the leading Psychology departments in the UK, hosting research groups in fields as diverse as neuroscience, language, and psychological disorders. 


Somerville’s Tutor in Psychology is Professor Charles Spence, the head of the University’s Crossmodal Research Group, which investigates the integration of information across different sensory modalities. He is especially known for his work on the multi-sensory experience of dining. He has worked with Michelin starred chefs, multinational companies and even the European Space Shuttle on multi-sensory design. Charles gave a one hour online lecture introducing his work to Somerville alumni in Spring 2021, which you can watch here

In your first year, you can expect to attend around six lectures a week and two or three tutorials a week. You will also have practical classes. In your second and third year, you will have a similar amount of lectures and practicals, but only 1-2 tutorials a week. You will also do your own independent research project, and have the opportunity to write a dissertation. In your fourth year, you will conduct a Masters extended research or translational project. 

Somerville is ideally located for Psychology students. As the closest college in the University to the faculty, you will only need to walk a few hundred metres to get to your lectures.

For more information on the specifics of the course and syllabus, visit the University’s course website.


Somerville admits up to four students each year to read Psychology in the Honour School of Experimental Psychology (EP).

Distinguished Somerville psychologists include Professor Suzanne Higgs, a pioneering researcher of the psychology of healthy (and unhealthy) eating and the editor of the Journal Appetite; and the cognitive psychologist Anne Treisman, who was awarded a National Medal of Science by President Obama in 2013 for her work on the psychology of attention.

Next Steps

Our Experimental Psychology graduates pursue a wide variety of careers on graduating, including further academic research, psychology practice, education, market research, medicine, finance, commerce, industry, and the media. The BA course is accredited by the British Psychological Society, which will allow you to join on the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership if you graduate with a 2:2 or higher and pass the experimental project element in your third year.

Fellows and Lecturers
  • Clea Desebrock

    Stipendiary Lecturer
  • Oliver Harmson

    Retaining Fee Lecturer
  • Emma Soneson

    Fulford Junior Research Fellow
  • Charles Spence

    Fellow & Tutor in Experimental Psychology; Professor of Experimental Psychology and Head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory
  • Jessica Thompson

    Fulford Junior Research Fellow
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