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.
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).