Pioneer of Psychology in China

Peking University is the birthplace of Chinese scientific Psychology, and its undergraduate education in the discipline began in 1900. With the support of Cai Yuanpei, the former chancellor of Peking University, the first Psychological laboratory in China was established in 1927. This laboratory is the predecessor of the School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences.

Ranking within the top 1 percent of the world in Psychological science

In recent years, the Psychological research and teaching in the school has been closely linked with national strategies and social needs in China. The school has trained a large number of talented individuals in basic and applied Psychology, and makes a great contribution to the development of Chinese Psychological science. The school is the only Chinese Psychological institute that ranks among the top 1 percent of the world in Psychological science.


The School of Psychological and Cognitive Sciences is comprised of a team of leading scholars in the field. We have 22 professors and research fellows, 18 associate professors, 6 assistant professors and one engineer. Among them, there are 3 winners of China National Funds for Distinguished Young Scientists, 5 winners of National Natural Science Foundation of China Youth Fund, 3 winners of the China Youth Science and Technology Award, 5 Yangtze River Scholars Distinguished Professor s, 3 Yangtze River Young Scholars professor, 2 winners of the national “Thousand Young Talents Program”, 4 winners of Special Government Allowance. The per-faculty-member number of research articles published in international academic journals is higher than the average level published by scholars in other disciplines at Peking University.

Comprehensive and advanced facilities

The school is equipped with first-class research and teaching facilities. The school occupies a building with integrated research, teaching, and administrative facilities, and a laboratory building to conduct biological and Psychological teaching and experimental activities. The school has more than a thousand sets of equipment for teaching and scientific research.