Psychology PhD / MPhil

The Department of Psychological Sciences conducts world-leading research on mind, brain and behaviour. Our research students are at the heart of what we do.

Why study with us?

  • 1st

    (joint) in the UK for our 'world leading' (4*) environment in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2021)

  • 40

    staff members.

  • 50

    postgraduate students.


The Department of Psychological Sciences conducts world-leading research on mind, brain and behaviour. We currently have over 100 staff, with expertise in experimental, applied and clinical domains. Research in the department is concentrated around a number of research groups, some of which represent the largest concentration of expertise in the UK.

Our research interests

We welcome research proposals that match those of our researchers. The department has research groups with concentrations of expertise in the following areas:

  • Addiction
  • Appetite and obesity
  • Forensic & Investigative Psychology
  • Language, Cognition and Expertise
  • Mental Health
  • Perception
  • Perinatal, infant and child mental health
  • Psychology of Healthcare.

Research themes

Our research themes include:

  • Health-related behaviours
  • Language
  • Learning and expertise
  • Perception
  • Mental health.


Our Department has extensive and well maintained research facilities including eye tracking, EEG, a bar lab, appetite research unit, facilities dedicated to collection and analysis of biological samples and supported access to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technologies at MARIARC.

Research groups

  • Centre for Critical and Major Incident Psychology
  • The Centre for Investigative Psychology
  • Tactical Decision-making Research Group

Study options and fees

MPhil / PhD Duration UK students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,596* (2022) £25,950* ^ (lab based programmes)
£20,400* (non Lab based programmes) (2022)
Part time 4-6 years £2,298* (2022) £12,975* (lab based programmes)
£10,200* (non Lab based programmes) (2022)

* This excludes potential research support fees also known as ‘bench fees. You will be notified of any fee which may apply in your offer letter.

^ Self funded full time international students studying a lab based programme will receive a £2,000 reduction in their fees for the first year only.

If an EU student starts their studies in 2020-21, before 1 August 2021, they will have a fee classification of EU and pay UK fee rates for the duration of this registration. The exception being ROI students, who will continue to be charged fees at the UK fee rate, post 1 August 2021.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a good (2:1 or first class) degree in Psychology or a related discipline. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate an ability to write coherently (and may be asked to provide examples of their written work).

English language requirements

IELTS Academic requirement - SELT and non-SELT Overall score of 7.0 with no less than 6.0 in each component
TOEFL iBT requirement Minimum 100 overall with L 21 R 21 W 21 and S 23
C1 Advanced CAE requirement Overall 185 with no less than 176 in any paper
PTE Academic requirement69 with minimum scores of 61 in each component
Trinity College London, Integrated Skills in English (ISE II)Please confirm with the department
Cambridge IGCSE as a First LanguageGrade C
Cambridge IGCSE as a Second LanguageGrade B
Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Proficiency)Overall 185 with 176 in components
Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)Overall 185 with 176 in components
Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced)Overall 185 with 176 in components

Additional requirements

Applicants will be expected to match their proposed research to one of the department’s stated areas of research interest and expertise. Projects will always be subject to appropriate ethical approval and potential students should be aware that for certain projects criminal record checks may also be necessary. Prospective applicants should contact potential supervisors in their area of interest before submitting a formal application.

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal

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