Aims and Objectives


  • To provide an education for programme members intended to give them competence in their chosen discipline, and to encourage them to develop their intellectual capabilities within an institution that is committed to advancing research, scholarship and learning, and to disseminating knowledge.

Educational Aims of Psychology

  • To provide an education of high quality across a range of areas of psychology in a stimulating and supportive environment that is enriched by research and/or current practice in the discipline where appropriate.
  • To provide training in scientific skills of problem analysis, research design, evaluation of empirical evidence and dissemination in the context of psychology.
  • To provide a range of academic and key skills that will prepare our programme members for employment, future study, or training for professional practice.
  • To equip programme members with a range of methodological skills, advanced specialist knowledge, and experience of communication of the results of research, which can allow them to function as effective research students or as researchers in an academic or applied setting.

Specific Aims of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme

  • To provide programme members with the opportunity to assimilate and understand IAPT psychological therapies.
  • To provide programme members with the opportunity to gain the capacity for independent, accountable and competency based clinical practice.
  • To provide programme members with the required knowledge, understanding and clinical competence to work effectively within the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies service development.

Lived Experience Group

  • The Lived Experience Group (LEG) is a group of people with a Lived Experience of Depression or Bipolar Disorder, and people who are carers of individuals currently experiencing these mood disorders
  • LEG members use their lived experience to support the work of the Mood Disorders Centre (MDC) and the Psychology Department at the University of Exeter.
  • The LEG does this through active involvement in the research work, clinical work and teaching carried out within the MDC and Psychology Department.
  • The LEG also supports other activities within the University of Exeter related to mental illness.