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?

  • 80%

    research activity was rated as of 'international standard' RAE (2008).

  • 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 Home/EU Students International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,407* (2020) £23,650* ^ (lab based programmes)
£18,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020).
Part time 4-6 years £2,204* (2020) £11,825* (lab based programmes) £9,000* (non Lab based programmes) (2020)

*This fees 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.

Entry requirements

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who would typically hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or a 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

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).

We welcome applications from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those required to study for this research degree. See our guidance on international qualifications.

You must also have reached a minimum standard of English and be able to provide evidence of this. See our English language requirements for international students.

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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