Courses available

The options generally available for visiting students are the second year (Part A) courses taken by all Oxford students.  The timetable below indicates the terms in which the lectures are held and it may be possible to have the tutorials in a later term (if the relevant lectures have been attended).  Students at Oxford will have had taken a first year course in Statistics and an Introductory Psychology course, which covers Developmental, Social, Perception, Psychobiology and Cognitive Psychology.  If you do not have background courses in Psychology, you may need to take these first year papers in advance of the second year option, or to take the option as an adapted major.  Student with the requisite background can take second year courses as a major or a minor. 

First year course components of the Introduction to Psychology may be taken as minors.

Advanced options, for third year (Part B) students, relate closely to research carried out in the department of Experimental Psychology.  Tutorials in these areas might be available but cannot be guaranteed.  Please feel free to add areas of interest beyond the core option, but please note that any options related to clinical psychology are routinely over-subscribed and unlikely to be available.  Third year options generally pre-suppose some background from the Oxford second year course.

Second year courses (as a major or a minor)

Michaelmas term:


Behavioural Neuroscience

Developmental Science

Hilary term:

Individual Differences and Clinical Psychology


Social Psychology

First year courses (take one component as a minor, or both in a term as a major)

Michaelmas term:

Introduction to Psychology: Social Psychology

Introduction to Psychology: Perception

Hilary term:

Introduction to Psychology: Psychobiology

Introduction to Psychology: Developmental Psychology

Trinity term:

Introduction to Psychology: Cognitive Psychology

Statistics for Psychology (as a major only)

This is a first statistics course which may be taken as a major in any term, although the lectures run across Michaelmas & Hilary terms, and also in weeks 1-3 of Trinity term.

Other options

Specialist courses from the third year of the Oxford degree may be possible, if the relevant pre-requisite courses have been taken.

Advice on submitted written work

Please submit 2 recent essays or test papers relevant to the topics you are interested in pursuing at LMH.

Tutors and Lecturers

Prof Jill O'Reilly is a psychologist with a particular interest in computational neuroscience.

Dr Fiona Spensley is a psychologist interested in the development of thinking and learning, both in young children (around six years) and also in undergraduates.