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“Sit down and tell me how it’s making you feel”: that’s what most people expect from psychologist and what everybody assumes a Psychology degree implies. But it goes way beyond this cliché.
Psychology is a subdiscipline of Social Sciences, where you focus on everything related to the human psyche and how it’s affected by society, culture, and the contemporary era. And don't even get me started of how the subconscious affects our behaviour!

Combining old doctrines with current events, you will understand the ways in which history tends to repeat itself, why that girl in you class is mad at you, and that, generally, people are quite predictable.

Psychology has a multitude of subfields, such as:

• Clinical Psychology
• Cognitive and Perceptual Psychology
• Counselling
• Developmental Psychology (name drop: Freud!)
• Educational Psychology
• Experimental Psychology
• Forensic Psychology

Whatever specialisations you wish to follow, remember: even if neurotics build castles in the sky and psychotics live in them, at the end, psychologists collect the rent."

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Ph.D. Forensic Psychology

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Top Ranked Universities in Psychology on PhDPortal

Universities Location Times Higher Education Ranking (2018) Psychology Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2017) Psychology QS Rankings (2018) Psychology Best Global Universities Rankings (2018) Psychiatry&Psychology
Stanford, United States 1 3 2 3
London, United Kingdom 2 4 8 7
Princeton, United States 3 44 16 41
Cambridge, United States 4 1 1 1
Durham, United States 5 12 24 10
Evanston, United States 6 7 26 41
Ann Arbor, United States 7 11 11 -
Los Angeles, United States 8 5 7 6
Pittsburgh, United States 9 51 49 87
Vancouver, Canada 10 16 13 20
San Diego, United States 11 21 29 -
Madison, United States 12 35 28 45
Toronto, Canada 13 2 12 9
Amsterdam, Netherlands 14 15 17 24
New York City, United States 15 6 15 5
Seattle, United States 16 33 51 31
Minneapolis, United States 17 - 34 -
New York City, United States 18 9 10 -
Stockholm, Sweden 19 51 101 -
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 20 51 32 71
Nashville, United States 21 36 51 35
Santa Barbara, United States 22 76 51 106
University Park, United States 23 31 40 53
East Lansing, United States 24 43 51 67
Saint Louis, United States 25 48 51 25
Chapel Hill, United States 26 40 51 23
Rochester, United States 27 51 51 58
Columbus, United States 28 14 51 46
Groningen, Netherlands 29 28 50 29
Charlottesville, United States 30 29 50 54
Berlin Steglitz, Germany 31 76 101 72
Montréal, Canada 32 51 21 39
München, Germany 34 76 51 37
Providence, United States 35 51 51 62
Leuven, Belgium 36 32 46 28
York, United Kingdom 37 76 51 113
Los Angeles, United States 38 39 51 64
Sydney, Australia 39 47 18 34
Gent, Belgium 40 49 34 49
Mitte, Germany 41 51 51 57
Nijmegen, Netherlands 42 18 51 -
Beijing, China 43 151 51 154
Bloomington, United States 44 50 51 80
Irvine, United States 44 40 - 59
Austin, United States 46 20 30 54
Boston, United States 47 51 34 48
Heidelberg, Germany 48 201 101 66
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 49 101 44 88
Brisbane, Australia 50 37 25 49
College Park, United States 51 51 101 74
St Andrews, United Kingdom 52 101 51 -
Utrecht, Netherlands 52 24 51 30
Tilburg, Netherlands 54 76 51 90
Singapore, Singapore 55 201 48 122
Cardiff, United Kingdom 56 76 43 62
Tallahassee, United States 57 45 151 84
Hanover, United States 58 101 101 95
Glasgow, United Kingdom 58 101 51 140
Amsterdam, Netherlands 58 23 51 27
Atlanta, United States 61 51 151 43
Canberra, Australia 62 151 44 142
Coventry, United Kingdom 62 101 51 126
Maastricht, Netherlands 64 76 51 38
Boulder, United States 65 51 101 86
Sydney, Australia 65 76 23 59
Storrs, United States 67 101 151 109
London, United Kingdom 68 101 101 96
Houston, United States 69 151 - -
Burnaby, Canada 69 151 101 139
Gainesville, United States 69 51 101 103
Zürich (Kreis 1), Switzerland 72 51 101 51
Bristol, United Kingdom 73 101 51 75
Iowa City, United States 74 51 101 68
Freiburg, Germany 75 101 151 164
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) 76 151 51 133
Jerusalem, Israel 76 76 101 99
Bern, Switzerland 78 201 151 113
Brighton, United Kingdom 79 101 101 92
Washington, D. C., United States 80 201 151 -
Genève, Switzerland 80 101 101 89
Tempe Junction, United States 82 38 51 76
Chicago, United States 83 51 - 94
Canterbury, United Kingdom 84 101 101 168
Riverside, United States 85 101 251 181
Tübingen, Germany 86 101 101 101
Eugene, United States 87 76 101 101
Würzburg, Germany 88 151 201 140
Athens, United States 89 76 151 181
Helsinki, Finland 90 101 101 132
Mannheim, Germany 90 - 101 -
Dublin, Ireland 92 - 151 166
Basel, Switzerland 93 151 151 76
Southampton, United Kingdom 93 151 101 118
Auckland, New Zealand 95 101 33 177
College Station, United States 96 76 151 124
Tucson, United States 96 76 51 85
Pittsburgh, United States 98 30 101 -
Edmonton, Canada 99 101 51 168
London, United Kingdom 100 151 151 -
New Haven, United States - 7 5 4
Philadelphia, United States - 10 14 -
Minneapolis, United States - 13 - 22
Berkeley, United States - 17 5 26
Oxford, United Kingdom - 19 4 8
Chicago, United States - 22 20 32
Ithaca, United States - 25 37 33
Urbana, United States - 26 26 52
London, United Kingdom - 27 21 2
Davis, United States - 34 51 40
Baltimore, United States - 40 51 -
Rotterdam, Netherlands - 46 51 79
Leiden, Netherlands - 50 51 73
Marseille, France - 101 151 -
Bangor, United Kingdom - 101 151 -
Beijing, China - 101 101 162
Newton, United States - 101 151 -
Atlanta, United States - 101 - -
Sydney, Australia - 101 51 125
Hamilton, Canada - 101 51 107
Boston, United States - 101 201 -
Kingston, Canada - 101 51 172
San Diego, United States - 101 251 -
Stockholm, Sweden - 101 151 197
Stony Brook, United States - 101 - 78
Albuquerque, United States - 101 251 157
Sheffield, United Kingdom - 101 101 177
South Perth, Australia - 101 41 68
Medford, United States - 101 201 150
Birmingham, United Kingdom - 101 51 117
Köln, Germany - 101 151 123
Newark, United States - 101 - -
Denver, United States - 101 251 -
Granada, Spain - 101 201 -
Hamburg, Germany - 101 151 174
Houston, United States - 101 251 -
Amherst Center, United States - 101 101 -
Nottingham, United Kingdom - 101 51 134
Dunedin, New Zealand - 101 51 97
Padua, Italy - 101 101 142
Paris, France - 101 251 113
Salt Lake City, United States - 101 - 145
Vienna, Austria - 101 201 -
Richmond, United States - 101 201 93
Detroit, United States - 101 - -
Toronto, Canada - 101 51 137
Ramat Gan, Israel - 151 - -
Beersheba, Israel - 151 251 -
Berlin, Germany - 151 - 126
Durham, United Kingdom - 151 51 195
Fairfax, United States - 151 251 -
Atlanta, United States - 151 151 -
Ames, United States - 151 201 -
Kent, United States - 151 - -
Lancaster, United Kingdom - 151 101 -
London, United Kingdom - 151 - -
Lund, Sweden - 151 151 193
Notting Hill, Australia - 151 42 105
Singapore, Singapore - 151 51 183
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom - 151 151 120
Barcelona, Spain - 151 - -
London, United Kingdom - 151 201 -
Singapore, Singapore - 151 201 -
Washington, D. C., United States - 151 201 -
Tuscaloosa, United States - 151 251 -
Richardson, United States - 151 - -
Dresden, Germany - 151 201 61
Aberdeen, United Kingdom - 151 201 -
Barcelona, Spain - 151 101 56
Colchester, United Kingdom - 151 201 -
Haifa, Israel - 151 251 -
Jena, Germany - 151 201 189
Konstanz, Germany - 151 201 157
Lausanne, Switzerland - 151 151 196
Leeds, United Kingdom - 151 101 177
Milano, Italy - 151 201 168
Munster, Germany - 151 201 188
Lincoln, United States - 151 251 -
South Bend, United States - 151 - 185
Montréal, Canada - 151 - -
Columbia, United States - 151 251 -
Stirling, United Kingdom - 151 251 -
Trento, Italy - 151 151 -
Victoria, Canada - 151 201 -
Sydney, Australia - 151 101 157
Uppsala, Sweden - 151 151 168
Wellington, New Zealand - 151 51 -
Auburn, United States - 201 - -
Madrid, Spain - 201 101 -
Houston, United States - 201 - 137
Bielefeld, Germany - 201 201 -
Waltham, United States - 201 251 -
Provo, United States - 201 251 -
St. Catharines, Canada - 201 - -
Ottawa, Canada - 201 251 -
Cleveland, United States - 201 251 175
Prague, Czech Republic - 201 - -
Claremont, United States - 201 - -
Fort Collins, United States - 201 251 -
Madrid, Spain - 201 101 -
Chicago, United States - 201 - -
Paris, France - 201 - -
Eindhoven, Netherlands - 201 201 -
Adelaide, Australia - 201 151 -
Southport, Australia - 201 151 -
Manhattan, United States - 201 - 82
Lisbon, Portugal - 201 - -
Herzliya, Israel - 201 - -
New York City, United States - 201 - -
Seoul, South Korea - 201 151 -
Kyoto, Japan - 201 151 -
Melbourne, Australia - 201 151 -
Ottawa, Canada - 201 201 -
Lüneburg, Germany - 201 - -
Linköping, Sweden - 201 201 189
Loughborough, United Kingdom - 201 101 -
Taipei, Taiwan - 201 101 -
Plymouth, United Kingdom - 201 251 -
Belfast, United Kingdom - 201 201 -
Aachen, Germany - 201 201 -
Saarbrücken, Germany - 201 - -
Saint Louis, United States - 201 - -
Roma, Italy - 201 151 129
Seoul, South Korea - 201 101 161
Syracuse, United States - 201 - -
Haifa, Israel - 201 - -
Fort Worth, United States - 201 - -
Lubbock, United States - 201 - -
Hong Kong, Hong Kong (SAR) - 201 - -
New York City, United States - 201 251 -
Calgary, Canada - 201 101 131
Memphis, United States - 201 - -
Reading, United Kingdom - 201 201 -
Helotes, United States - 201 - -
Tokyo, Japan - 201 51 -
New Orleans, United States - 201 - -
Brussels, Belgium - 201 151 -
Albany, United States - 201 - -
Bochum, Germany - 201 201 -
Bologna, Italy - 201 - 187
Bonn, Germany - 201 251 119
Santa Cruz, United States - 201 - -
Cape Town, South Africa - 201 151 150
Cincinnati, United States - 201 - 150
Denver, United States - 201 251 -
Copenhagen, Denmark - 201 101 64
Norwich, United Kingdom - 201 - -
Frankfurt am Main, Germany - 201 - 197
Fribourg, Switzerland - 201 - -
Gießen, Germany - 201 - -
Göttingen, Germany - 201 201 134
Graz, Austria - 201 - -
Guelph, Canada - 201 251 -
Jyväskylä, Finland - 201 251 -
Leicester, United Kingdom - 201 201 163
Lisbon, Portugal - 201 201 -
Liverpool, United Kingdom - 201 251 -
Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg - 201 - -
Mainz, Germany - 201 - -
Winnipeg, Canada - 201 251 -
Marburg, Germany - 201 201 155
Baltimore, United States - 201 - 142
Braga, Portugal - 201 - -
Greensboro, United States - 201 - -
Norman, United States - 201 - -
Ottawa, Canada - 201 201 185
Portsmouth, United Kingdom - 201 - -
Potsdam, Germany - 201 201 -
Regensburg, Germany - 201 - -
São Paulo, Brazil - 201 101 80
Knoxville, United States - 201 - -
Turku, Finland - 201 251 173
Ulm, Germany - 201 - -
Valencia, Spain - 201 101 197
Burlington, United States - 201 - -
Milwaukee, United States - 201 - -
Wollongong, Australia - 201 251 -
Blacksburg, United States - 201 - -
Winston-Salem, United States - 201 - -
Pullman, United States - 201 201 -
Brantford, Canada - 201 - -
New York City, United States - 201 - 128
Cambridge, United States - 51 8 -
West Lafayette, United States - 51 101 104
New Brunswick, United States - 51 151 120
Philadelphia, United States - 51 201 164
Melbourne, Australia - 51 19 -
San Francisco, United States - 51 - 36
Cambridge, United Kingdom - 51 3 -
Waterloo, Canada - 51 51 150
London, Canada - 51 38 -
Aarhus, Denmark - 76 51 46
Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel - 76 101 91
Manchester, United Kingdom - 76 38 68
Buffalo, United States - 76 201 -
Exeter, United Kingdom - 76 47 109
Lawrence, United States - 76 101 160
Lexington, United States - 76 201 189
South Miami, United States - 76 151 83
Columbia, United States - 76 151 99
Montréal, Canada - 76 51 113
Oslo, Norway - 76 101 98
University, United States - 76 251 155
London, United Kingdom - - 30 176
Bologna, Italy - - 101 -
Kowloon, Hong Kong (SAR) - - 101 -
London, United Kingdom - - 101 -
Mexico City, Mexico - - 101 -
Santiago, Chile - - 101 -
Adelaide, Australia - - 101 -
Newcastle, Australia - - 101 -
Barcelona, Spain - - 151 134
Montreal West, Canada - - 151 -
Halifax, Canada - - 151 149
Geelong, Australia - - 151 197
Brisbane, Australia - - 151 -
Seoul, South Korea - - 151 -
Frankfurt am Main, Germany - - 151 -
Bath, United Kingdom - - 151 -
Bergen, Norway - - 151 177
Buenos Aires, Argentina - - 151 -
Christchurch, New Zealand - - 151 -
Santiago, Chile - - 151 -
Leipzig, Germany - - 151 145
Liège, Belgium - - 151 -
Adelaide, Australia - - 151 -
Guildford, United Kingdom - - 151 -
Seoul, South Korea - - 151 -
Sydney, Australia - - 201 -
Lausanne, Switzerland - - 201 -
Tokyo, Japan - - 201 -
Moscow, Russia - - 201 -
Palmerston North, New Zealand - - 201 -
Gjøvik, Norway - - 201 -
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom - - 201 -
Beijing, China - - 201 -
Milano, Italy - - 201 -
Dublin, Ireland - - 201 -
Antwerpen, Belgium - - 201 -
Göteborg, Sweden - - 201 166
Québec, Canada - - 201 -
London Borough of Harrow, United Kingdom - - 251 -
Rio Grande, Brazil - - 251 129
Shanghai, China - - 251 -
Tainan, Taiwan - - 251 -
Galway, Ireland - - 251 -
Athens, United States - - 251 -
Oxford, United Kingdom - - 251 -
Stellenbosch, South Africa - - 251 -
Melbourne, Australia - - 251 -
Milano, Italy - - 251 -
Sendai-shi, Japan - - 251 -
Coleraine, United Kingdom - - 251 -
Umeå, Sweden - - 251 -
Coimbra, Portugal - - 251 -
Limerick, Ireland - - 251 -
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - - 251 -
Boston, United States - - 251 -
Sevilla, Spain - - 251 -
Johannesburg, South Africa - - 251 -
Warsaw, Poland - - 251 -
Brussels, Belgium - - 251 -
New York City, United States - - 51 -
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium - - 51 147
Irvine, United States - - 51 -
Nijmegen, Netherlands - - - 44
London, United Kingdom - - - 107
City of Langley, Canada - - - 111
Dallas, United States - - - 112
München, Germany - - - 148
Vienna, Austria - - - 183
Paris, France - - - 192
Charleston, United States - - - 193