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MPhil / PhD / MSc (Res)

Postgraduate Research Degrees in Psychology

MPhil / PhD / MSc (Res)
1 - 3 years
October 2024
Blended learning

Our postgraduate research degrees in psychology will enable you to enhance your skills as a researcher and contribute to the advancement of knowledge in this field.

Why study with us

  • You’ll have access to our Cognitive Psychology Complex (CPC), which comprises facilities for eye tracking, decision making, reasoning, perception and attention research.
  • We also have laboratories for forensic psychology research, including EvoFIT, our innovative and award-winning composite construction system for eye witness testimony research, based at our Preston Campus.
  • Other key facilities include our Brain Imaging Laboratory (BIL), used to measure and assess brain activity, and our Child Observation Suite (COS), used for research into children’s behaviour.

What you'll do

  • We hold an annual Psychology Postgraduate Research Conference, where you’ll be able to gain a wider understanding of the research going on across the school and share your own research with others.
  • Take advantage of the comprehensive training programme to develop your professional and research skills. This includes grant writing, public engagement and working with a PhD in industry events.
  • Receive regular support in your development from a Director of Studies, other supervisors and two Research Degree Tutors. They will all work with you to ensure your development and successful completion of the research programme.

How to apply for postgraduate research

Interested in studying postgraduate research? The application process can vary but we have some helpful tips.

Find out how to apply

Academic expertise

Dr Emma Threadgold
Senior Lecturer
Dr Kat Cartmell
Course Leader for Psychology Courses at UCLan Burnley
Dr Debbie Pope
Lecturer in Psychology
Dr Reyhan Furman
Senior Lecturer in Developmental Cognition

There are three broad research groups within the school:

  • The Cognition and Neuroscience Research Group
  • The Forensic Research Group
  • The Quality of Life Research Group

All of them are engaged in leading research within the field of psychology.

The school maintains links to national and international collaborators, including:

  • NHS trusts
  • The prison service
  • Police forces
  • Local education authorities
  • Educators in schools and colleges
  • Various charitable organisations

Fees and funding

Full-time£5,000 per year
Part-time£2,500 per year
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.


This course is based in the School of Psychology and Humanities

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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