The School of Psychology has recognised research strengths in four main research clusters:
Clinical, behavioural and biological psychology
Perception, cognition and action
Psychology and health
Admission to a research degree is at the discretion of the potential Supervisor and Director of Research, and is based on a proposal from the applicant following discussion with the member of staff whose academic area of interest is most appropriate. Candidates should have obtained a degree in psychology (either single- or joint-honours) to at least upper second-class honours level (or equivalent).
As part of the doctoral training available on the Structured PhD programme, students avail themselves of a range of interdisciplinary taught modules. The wide menu of available options include modules that:
are Discipline-Specific in that they augment the student's existing knowledge in their specialist area , e.g., Skill Theory and Skill Development
are Dissertation-Specific in that they supply core skills which are essential to completion of the research project , e.g., Specialist Methodologies in Psychology: Research
acknowledge a student's professional development , e.g., presentation of a paper at an International Conference
enhance a student's employability through generic training , e.g., Careers Workshops, computer literacy.
Each student will be assigned a primary Supervisor(s) and a Graduate Research Committee made up of experienced researchers to plan their programme of study and to provide on-going support to their research.