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MPhil / PhD / MSc (Res)

Postgraduate Research Degrees in Psychology

MPhil / PhD / MSc (Res)
October 2022
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.

Undertaking a programme of research that you design and conduct as the principal investigator enables you to pose questions, and obtain answers, to a range of issues that impact on the world around us, to improve the lives of others and ultimately embark upon a journey that can lead to you being one of the leading experts in the world within your field. Completing a postgraduate research degree is the first step for many towards a career in research.

Psychology within our School is focused on three areas: Cognitive and Neuroscience, Forensic Psychology, and Health and Clinical Psychology. You can opt to carry out research in these areas or a related field. During your studies you’ll have access to laboratories and the very latest equipment inside our purpose-built Darwin Building to enable you to carry out high quality research.

You’ll be part of a vibrant multi-disciplinary research community and undertake an individually tailored programme of further study and research training under expert guidance and supervision. We’ll equip you with outstanding research skills and the potential to advance knowledge and practice within the field of psychology.

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 our comprehensive training programme to develop your professional and research skills.

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Our range of subjects and study modes can support your goals, take your next step with a postgraduate degree.

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Academic expertise

There are three broad research groups within the School: The Cognition and Neuroscience Research Group; the Forensic Research Group, and 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, and various charitable organisations.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£4600 per year
Part-time£2300 per year
Final year writing-up (first 6 months)£750
Final year writing-up (second 6 months)£1550
Full-timeTo be confirmed per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Psychology and Computer Science located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

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