Psychology Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MPhil (Res)

We have a vibrant research culture, and PhD students are an essential part of our research activity. You will fully participate in one or more of the School’s Cognition and Perception, Developmental Science, and Social Cognition Groups, where staff and postgraduates regularly meet to discuss their research interests.


Psychologists within the School have expertise across most areas of psychology, including cognitive and social neuroscience, developmental psychology, social psychology and cognition and language. 

Recent PhD research topics include: 

– Using spatial navigation deficits as an early warning sign of dementia 

– Developing computational models of structure learning 

– Size constancy in healthy and amputee participants 

– Children’s biological reasoning about death 

– Using language impairments as a clinical marker for Autism Spectrum Disorders 

– Attributing mental states to artificial and robotic agents 

– Visual exploration among infants in India and the UK 

– Early language processing in diverse populations 

 Sponsorship information 

Scholarships available for UK/EU students; these are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and for the duration of the period of study. 

International students may apply for Scholarships funded at UK/EU rates and may, exceptionally, be nominated for international fee top-ups through a Faculty competition 


The application window will open in November each year and closes in January, please see the School of Psychology webpages for more information.  

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities

Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules.


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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