Durham’s excellence in behavioural science

Those leading and teaching on the programme are all highly experienced researchers who have a deep understanding of the social and organisational psychology behind behavioural science. They have made an impact on the world, working across industries and disciplines on a wide variety of issues, creating a better future.

You will also learn from renowned guest speakers from multinational companies, charities, and government agencies.

Durham’s Department of Psychology is an internationally recognised centre of research excellence and interdisciplinary cooperation across the breadth of psychological and behavioural science. The Department of Psychology is ranked 79th in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023.

We are a world-leading university, and our academic excellence and impact is reflected in global rankings. This was affirmed in the QS World University Rankings 2024, in which Durham University was ranked 78th in the world. The Department of Psychology is also proud to hold an Athena SWAN silver award, underlining our commitment to equality and diversity.

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Programme leadership team

Those teaching on the programme are experienced, impactful researchers and consultants with a deep understanding of behavioural science. They are experts in their field who are equipped to help you further your skills and apply them directly to your industry.

You will learn from experts in their field across the modules you undertake, including the programme leadership team below:

Professor Mark Rubin

Programme Director

Professor Mark Rubin has undertaken research projects with several international mining companies to reduce dangerous risk taking, improve miners’ mental health, and understand the causes of on-site sexism.

His specialism is intergroup relations, and he will focus on contemporary challenges in behavioural science as well as leading an extended project module, in which students take a deep dive into a particular issue.


Dr Karolina Nieberle

Deputy Programme Director

Dr Karolina Nieberle’s research informs how to build, support and sustain successful leadership processes in teams and organisations. She has worked with individuals and teams from a variety of organisational contexts, including business, education, arts and culture to develop their potentials in leadership, collaboration and wellbeing at work.

With Dr Nieberle’s specialism in leadership, followership and identity, she will lead the programme’s Leadership module.

Dr Andrew Marcinko

Deputy Programme Director

Dr Andrew Marcinko’s work focuses on diversity and inclusion, sustainability and authenticity in organisations.

He is also active as a consultant, having worked with numerous businesses and organisations, including Panasonic, NatWest, Squire Patton Boggs, Birmingham City Council, Jacobs Engineering Group, Hearst Magazines, ScreenCloud, the US Naval Submarine School and the United Nations.

Dr Marcinko leads the Managing Diversity in Organisations module.


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Department of Psychology

You can read about the work of the Department of Psychology, including fascinating research studies, here.