The School of Psychology is an excellent environment in which to do research. Research training is a strong feature of our Psychology PhD programme.

The School of Psychology is an excellent environment in which to do research.

We welcome applications from students interested in researching for a PhD in the areas of

  • Biological
  • Cognitive
  • Social Psychology.

Programme aims

To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in a range of areas related to research undertaken in the School.

Distinctive features

  • Research in the specialist areas is conducted in a large number of purpose-built laboratories that have all been refurbished within the last five years
  • The broad range of expertise within the School allows us to provide training in an unusually wide range of methodological techniques
  • A distinctive feature of the School is that the integration which exists across different disciplines provides unique opportunities for multi-disciplinary research projects

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time, part-time
Qualification PhD, MPhil
Full-time duration PhD 3 years, MPhil 1 year
Part-time duration Opportunities available
Start dates January, April, July, October

Research training is a strong feature of our Psychology PhD programme. Postgraduate researchers in Social Psychology may complete the MSc in Social Science Research Methods (or equivalent) prior to registration for their PhD.

For students funded through the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership ESRC this is mandatory.

By the time our students have completed their PhDs, the majority will have published scientific papers in leading peer-reviewed journals, and go on to secure positions in academic or academic-related domains.

During the PhD, you will have opportunities to be trained in many techniques relevant to your topic area, and to gain experience from projects beyond your own, in order to strengthen your research expertise and future employment prospects.


This programme is assessed based on the research outcome produced (thesis of 80,000 words and viva voce).

The research undertaken in the School ranges from ‘synapse to society’, and includes normal behaviour in development and adulthood, the breakdown of cognition after stress, trauma and in neurological and/or genetic conditions, as well as key psychological issues of broad importance to society, such as prejudice, reproductive health and optimising performance at work.

We undertake outstanding interdisciplinary scientific research under four contemporary research themes:

  • Neuroscience, including behavioural neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, and imaging science
  • Cognitive Science, including cognitive psychology, and perception and action,
  • Developmental and Health Psychology
  • Social and Environmental Psychology, including social psychology, and risk and environment

Detailed information on each of these research areas is available on the research pages of the School website.


A full list of academic staff can be found on the Staff pages of the School website.

Research Facilities

Full details of research facilities can be found on the Facilities pages of the School website.

Patient-motion tolerant functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging at the Ultra-high Field

The state-of-the-art ultra-high field (UHF) scanners provide a unique opportunity to study neuronal activity with increased accuracy of the functional mapping signals for fMRI.

Magnetic resonance imaging of moving patients at ultra-high field: Real-time motion corrected parallel-transmit pulse design

This PhD will aim to compensate for motion through updating the imaging protocol in real-time to maintain the same imaging volume.


We offer three types of funded opportunities:

  • Open studentships
  • Specific funded projects
  • Partner-linked opportunities.
Name Deadline
EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD in Psychology 30 June 2018

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

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Students from outside the EU

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A 1st or upper 2nd class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in Psychology or a related discipline, is usually required.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score 7.

Please read our English language requirements for more details.


Administrative contact(s)

Clair Southard

Administrative contact


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Tuition fee discount of £3,400 for eligible Welsh and EU students starting a master’s degree in September 2018.

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