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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
Full-time duration PhD 3 years
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.

UK government postgraduate doctoral loans

Candidates for the Professional Doctorate programme may be eligible to apply for a UK government postgraduate doctoral loan.

Find out more about UK government postgraduate doctoral loans


We offer three types of funded opportunities:

  • Open studentships
  • Specific funded projects
  • Partner-linked opportunities.

You can search our studentships or find out more about funding.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

Get the latest information on postgraduate fees.

Students from outside the EU

Get the latest information on postgraduate fees.

To begin your application, please fill in the ‘Apply’ form and select your preferred programme, mode of study and entry year.

When you have an idea of what you would like to research, we recommend that you take a look at our academic staff profiles to see which staff member(s) have similar research interests to you. You can then contact them and give them a brief idea of what you would like to research.

Please note you should only contact full members of staff and not research associates. If they agree that they would be interested in receiving an application from you, then you should apply in the normal way.

Students who have already made contact with the relevant tutor are far more likely to be accepted than those who apply without doing this.

Funded studentships

Our funded PhD studentships page will list postgraduate research opportunities when funding becomes available. Funding normally covers an annual stipend, as well as postgraduate tuition fees at the home/EU rate.

Search for funded PhD studentships.

With all applications please include a current CV and personal statement.

If applying to multiple projects, please submit one application form and provide a cover letter to each supervisor.

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

English language requirements

For non-native speakers of English a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 will be required (a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

Please read our English language requirements for more details.


Administrative contact(s)

Clair Southard

Administrative contact


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