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Psychology research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MRes Research Methods in Psychology PhD MSc by Thesis

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About our programmes

We offer three types of research degree: PhD, MSc by Thesis and MRes Research Methods in Psychology.

The PhD programme is three years full-time (or five years part-time). You will research and write a 100,000 word thesis on a topic in which we are able to offer supervision. Alongside your research you will complete research training modules (minimum 60 credits) from the Postgraduate Training Scheme run by the Doctoral College.

The MSc by Thesis is one year full-time (or two years part-time). You will research and write a 50,000 word thesis on a topic in which we are able to offer supervision. Alongside your research you will complete research training modules (minimum 20 credits) from the Postgraduate Training Scheme run by the Doctoral College.

The MRes Research Methods in Psychology comprises 60 taught credits and a 30,000 word research thesis. The taught credits are gained through completion of two compulsory modules covering advanced quantitative research methods and other professional research skills, alongside one elective module (from a choice of three) chosen based on the student’s training needs.

Please note, the MRes Research Methods in Psychology is only available full-time with a September start. The PhD and MSc by Thesis can be taken part-time with a varied start date.

Apply for research programmes in Psychology



Open for admission in 2019/20

Full time Part time
MRes Research Methods in Psychology 1 year
PhD 3 years* 5 years*
MSc by Thesis 1 year 2 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, Dr Emmanuele Tidoni
  • 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 LindsayDr 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
  • 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: £4,407 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,203 (part-time)
  • International: £17,200 (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).

Doctoral Loan

UK and EU students who haven’t secured a scholarship can take out a Doctoral Loan to help with tuition fees and living costs. They provide up to £26,445 for full-time and part-time PhDs in all subject areas.

Additional costs

There are some extra costs that you may have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary:

  • Student visas (international students).
  • Books (you’ll have access to many books through the University library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
  • Optional conference/field/archive/library trips (Faculties support some travel and conference attendance financially. Details vary. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own).
  • Printing and photocopying (There is a printing allowance in place for all students, currently £20 a year. Some Faculties grant PGR students access to printing and photocopying as staff. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Professional-body membership.
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography).

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

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 Doctoral College 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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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. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

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.