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PhD in Psychology

This is a research doctoral degree, by dissertation only. Students develop their own research topic in conjunction with a supervisor, conduct the research and then write a dissertation of no more than 80 000 words.

Admission requirements

Faculty Rules FDA1-FDA6, as listed in the Faculty of Humanities Postgraduate Handbook, apply.

Applicants must have the required background and submit an acceptable research proposal for which supervision is available.

Research degrees are encouraged where the field of research is clearly defined, the student wishes to concentrate on a specific research topic and has demonstrated the ability to do so.

The availability and willingness of a supervisor will be a key factor in admitting a student for PhD study. Please look carefully at the list of staff in our department, and their research interests.

Application procedure

The first step in the process is to find a supervisor, and to obtain agreement from the supervisor regarding supervision of the research for the degree. When attempting to find a supervisor in the department, applicants are advised to submit a short (5 – 8 page) research proposal to staff members.

The next step, after securing a supervisor is to write to the PhD Convenor, Professor Kevin Thomas, with proof of agreement from a supervisor, a CV and the brief research proposal. This application will be considered by a Departmental Committee.

Applicants must also apply to the university for the degree, after securing a supervisor and being admitted to the department.

Closing date for departmental applications is 30 April, for the second semester, or 30 November, for the following year.

For any additional queries please contact Rosalind Adams. Her contact details can be found here.