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National psychology competition

National psychology competition

The competition

We run a national Psychology competition for schools, enabling Year 12 students to pit their psychology skills against pupils from across the UK.

Students may want to look at findings from psychological studies, think about the implications of a psychological theory, or approach it completely differently. It’s an opportunity for you to showcase your understanding of Psychology.

The 2022 psychology competition will take place Wednesday 29th June 2022 in-person at Royal Holloway.

Rules and Regulations

Teachers can register a maximum of two teams of 2 to 5 students from your school.

To enter the competition, students answer the competition question with a two-minute video and a corresponding poster. 
Submission deadlines, rules, and regulations for the 2022 competition can be found here.

The competition question

The competition question for 2022 is:
‘How can psychology help solve societal and global problems?’


To register your team(s) for the competition, please complete the registration form here


Please note that team places for this event fill up fast and registration is first-come, first-serve.
If you are an A-level teacher and would like to be added to our mailing list to be sent updates about future event registration dates, please email Dr Thora Bjornsdottir (

The prizes

For the past 4 years our competition event has been generously sponsored by Oxford University Press (OUP). The OUP provided £100 of book vouchers to the winning school and £75 book vouchers to the two runner-up schools. Winning team members also received a share of £100 in gift vouchers, courtesy of the Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway University of London.

Previous winners

Our 2021 competition theme was “How can psychology help us to create a better future?” Watch the video from the winning team from Hazelwick School.

Our 2020 competition theme was “How can psychology help us to understand current events?”. Watch the video from the winning team from Lady Eleanor Holles School below.

Our 2019 competition theme was: “How can psychology be used to promote equality and greater acceptance of diversity?” Watch the winning video from Dame Alice Owens School here.

Our 2018 competition theme was "How can Psychology make the world a better place for future generations?" Watch the winning video from Hugh Baird College here.

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