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Psychology research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MRes Research Methods PhD

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About our programmes

We are proud of our strong and consistent research record in Psychology. In the last assessment of our research quality - the Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2014 - 70% of our research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Our research investigates a broad range of psychological processes from the measurement of brain activity to the investigation of individual and group behaviour, from infancy to old age. This research makes a difference in the real world and influences policy and practice in education, sport and the work place. Our research is centred on three main themes; cognition, cognitive and clinical neuroscience, and health and applied psychology.

We offer two types of research degrees: PhD and MRes Research Methods in Psychology. During the PhD, you will research and write a 100,000 word thesis on a topic in which we are able to offer supervision. On the MRes Research Methods in Psychology, you will be assessed by a 30,000 word dissertation. You’ll also complete some taught modules, which will be assessed by a variety of methods, including computer-based assessments, essay and examination.


Open for admission in 2019/20

Full time Part time
MRes Research Methods 1 year
PhD 3 years* 5 years*

* plus writing-up time

Start in January, May or September


We are a large and diverse department that can offer project supervision in many areas of Psychology. If you are interested in doing an MRes or a PhD project with us, please have a look at the list below for guidance about the research areas in which the department can offer supervision.

Initial inquiries should be made to the member of staff you would like to supervise your research.

Cognition and Neuroscience

  • Attention (high or low level vision, visual search, visual attentional capture; attention and inhibition of return; auditory attention, and human territorial behaviour). Staff: Dr Mary-Ellen Large, Dr Paul Skarratt
  • Language (language comprehension; gesture production and comprehension; and cognitive neuroscience of language). Staff: Dr Henning HolleDr Shane Lindsay
  • Learning (the relationship between learning and attention; the nature of internal representations; effects of uncertainty and ambiguity; and the role of numerical cognition in learning and teaching). Staff: Dr Julie CastronovoDr David George
  • Memory (autobiographical memory; memory and future thinking; the functions of memory; false memories; exceptional memories; eyewitness testimony; memory enhancement; sleep and memory; and neural stimulation of memory). Staff: Dr Rachel AndersonProf Steve DewhurstDr Shane LindsayProf Giuliana MazzoniDr Igor Schindler
  • Object and face recognition (cognitive neuroscience of object and face recognition; EEG studies of attention and emotion; visual cognition; and cognitive and social processes in face recognition). Staff: Dr Mary-Ellen LargeDr Kazuyo NakabayashiDr Igor Schindler
  • Perception (visual and auditory perception; time course of linguistic perception; effects of speaker characteristics such as age and gender; and perceptual learning). Staff: Dr David GeorgeDr David Smith
  • Reasoning (counterfactual thinking). Staff: Dr Kevin Riggs 

Social and Developmental Psychology

Health and Well-being

  • The role of memory and future thinking in psychological well-being; the role of memory and future thinking in psychological distress and chronic health conditions. Staff: Dr Rachel Anderson
  • Numerical cognition and eating disorders; numerical cognition in blind people. Staff: Dr Julie Castronovo
  • The role of the arts in health; evaluation of psychological services; military mental health. Staff: Dr Kim Dent-Brown
  • Normal and pathological ageing and metacognition including memory, attention, problem solving and language; the effects of exercise on cognition in the elderly. Staff: Dr Chiara Guerrini
  • Itch; psychological modulation of itch; and interaction of itch and pain using neurocognitive (EEG, TMS, fMRI, resting state connectivity) as well as behavioural methods. Staff: Dr Henning Holle
  • Placebo and nocebo effects in patients, GPs, and the general population; hypnosis; memory and metacognition in epilepsy patients. Staff: Prof Giuliana Mazzoni
  • Eating disorders; food choice; interventions for and barriers to weight loss. Staff: Prof Marie Reid
  • Cardiovascular psychophysiology; effects of psychological processes and personality in predicting health behaviours; and psychological stress and resilience. Staff: Dr Felix Why

Please contact us to enquire about these areas.

"I’m pursing a PhD in Psychology, concerning patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ ME). My work investigates the extent to which patients’ relationships with significant others can influence the condition for better or worse. I won first prize at the 2015 postgraduate conference for my poster describing my study."

Katie Oxtoby, Psychology PhD

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,327 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,163 (part-time)
  • International: £16,000 (full-time)

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit the fees and funding page.

The standard length of a full-time PhD programme is three years, or five years part-time, plus 'writing-up'.

For full-time students, writing up typically takes about three months but may be extended to one year without further paperwork. For part-time students, writing up typically takes one year, but may be extended to two years without further paperwork.

There is a small continuation fee to be paid for the writing-up period. The continuation fee is partly reimbursed, if you submit in less than one year (full-time) or less than two years (part-time).

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in psychology or a related discipline.

Please contact your prospective supervisor in the first instance. Once a member of staff has agreed to supervise your research project in principle, please make a formal application.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.