Perception Cognition & Action - Structured

Course overview

The PhD in Perception, Cognition & Action is a structured PhD programme that will extend for four years full time or six years part time with thesis submission due no later than the end of the final year of the course. In the first year students will take various modules as part of the taught elements of the programme which could include content related to programming experiments or analyses and is focussed on dynamical cognitive science and behaviour, perception, EEG analysis and theoretical models in cognition. In Year 1 students will be focussed, through modular learning towards preparation of a research proposal and thesis, while, and with the exception of two taught modules in Year 3, the remainder of the degree concentrates in preparation of a substantial research thesis.

Entry requirements

Students will be selected by a Course Committee comprising the course Directors, prospective research supervisor and Head of School of Psychology. Entrants will be expected to have no less than an upper second class honours degree in psychology or a discipline related to experimental psychology (e.g., cognitive science, computer science, engineering, physiology). If students do not have this basic qualification they must have demonstrated high ability by some other means (e.g., through publications or achievement in a higher degree).


Areas of interest
The Perception, Cognition & Action research group seeks to advance understanding of the complex structure of human thought and behaviour. We conduct experimental research into the perceptual, psycho physiological, cognitive and learning processes involved in complex human behaviour. Our major research strengths are in the areas of visual perception, attention, language, consciousness and memory. We use laboratory-based methods including behavioural and psychophysical paradigms, often with concurrent electroencephalographic or eye movement recording.

Research interests (part-time programme):
Perception and Cognition
Dynamical Cognition
Behaviour and Action
Brain Imaging (EEG)

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    Degree - Doctoral (Level 10 NFQ)

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