The Department of Psychology offers PhD (3 to 3.5 years depending on funding scheme) and Master’s (1 year) research degrees (full time or part time). These research degrees offer the unique opportunity to tackle research questions at the forefront of psychological science. Students will be supervised by world-leading experts in their field of study and will be part of a thriving community of researchers within the department. Students are active members of their research groups (Cognitive Neuroscience, Development Science and Quantitative Social Psychology) and benefit from a large range of opportunities to present and discuss work with their colleagues in seminars and research workshops. Research degrees are examined by writing a thesis and, in the case of a PhD, students undertake a viva (oral) examination. In addition to research work, students have the opportunity to undertake some teaching in order to gain valuable teaching experience. The university also offers a wide range of training and personal development courses. Students who are interested in undertaking post-graduate research are encouraged to approach members of staff within their field of interest to discuss and to develop potential research projects suitable for PhD or Master’s by research degrees.
'My MSc training allowed me to go beyond theory taught by experts in their field, to utilise skills and knowledge in an applied way. Using the fantastic facilities available in the department has been truly inspirational and directly led to my decision to carry out a PhD.'
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