Primary Care MPhil/PhD/MD

Major code: GPMR/GPPR/GPMD

About us

Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology

This department is involved with investigating the biological bases of behaviour; including the study of substance abuse, the psychological and physiological controls of eating, neurochemical mechanisms underlying motivational processes, children’s development of language and grammar, and visual perception.



This highly active research group focuses on the biopsychology of major clinical issues. The group has a prominent international profile in the study of appetite, obesity and addiction. Funding for research has come from the MRC, BBSRC, ESRC and industrial partners in the health, food, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.

Developmental Psychology

The group’s work focuses on Language Acquisition, with a particular emphasis on grammatical development. The group has a strong research profile based on members’ shared interest in building process-oriented models of the way in which children acquire their first language. Funding for research comes both from research councils (eg ESRC), and from charitable organisations (eg The Leverhulme Trust). Psychology/developmental.html

Cognitive Science and Neuroscience

The Department has a strong research profile in Cognitive Science and Neuroscience with several internationally renowned research teams working on a broad range of topics, vision research and the psychology of pain. Funding has come from the Leverhulme Trust, The Wellcome Trust, British Academy and the Pain Relief Foundation.

Institute of Psychology, Health and Society

The Institute of Psychology, Health and Society conducts world-leading research into the effectiveness of health services, the social origins of health and social inequalities in healthcare, mental health and well-being, including the evaluation of a wide range of psychosocial interventions and therapies and conduct internationally acclaimed research into many aspects of psychology and human behaviour, including perception, language development, pain, addiction, appetite, and offending behaviour. We work collaboratively; the Institute employs academic GPs, public health professionals, psychologists from a range of professional backgrounds, psychiatrists, nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and social scientists. Our research groups work with colleagues from hugely diverse backgrounds; from academic colleagues from many Universities across the world, with industrial partners, with the NHS and other healthcare providers, politicians and political administrators, the police and partners across civil society.

We work across the world - from investigating respiratory disease in central America, through promoting the psychological well-being of young mothers in the middle east to studying attitudes towards epilepsy in Asia - and across widely different aspects of human behaviour - from innovative therapies for many different psychological problems, managing substance use and obesity, through helping people return to work after periods of ill-health and innovative food policies through to the policing of terrorist incidents. In all these areas, our work is characterised by a focus on research excellence and by attention to the real world impact of our scholarship. In addition to our large and active programme of postgraduate research, we contribute substantially to undergraduate teaching in the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, and many of us provide clinical services through local NHS Trusts.