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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Conduct your own piece of research in psychological sciences. Contribute to knowledge in the sector. Improve yours and others’ professional practice and develop advanced academic skills and knowledge.

Research areas are as follows: Applied cognition, knowledge, learning and emotionBrain processing in adults and children, including infant attention to the visual field; assessing situational awareness using EEG; decision-making in fireground, medical and military contexts; non-conscious processes in decision-making and the influence of knowledge, emotion, attentional or response bias; self-regulatory focus, and the effect of social values on experienced emotion and well-being. Research in this area is promoted by the Centre for Applied Cognition, Knowledge, Learning and Emotion (CRACKLE). 

Applied psychologyBusiness psychology and management consultancy;  assessment centres and psychometric testing; employer attitudes and non-traditional forms of work, impact of technology on work and learning; leadership in organisations; forensic psychology especially sexual offending behaviour; dealing with traumatic material; cross-cultural issues in offending behaviour and punishment; psychology of education including teaching and learning styles and the learning process. Clinical and mental health and well-beingPsychosocial interventions for people with chronic disease or mental distress; the social scientific study of the arts and popular culture, identity and social interaction; the arts in therapeutic contexts; care for people with dementia; understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder and implications for care; mindfulness; the understanding of psychopathology in terms of underlying neuroscience; the neuroscience of attachment behaviour and empathy; contemporary relational approaches to therapy, brief therapies and couples work.

History and theory of psychologyPsychology and social issues; psychological language; pedagogy, diversity and eLearning; qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Entry requirements and fees

  • An Honours degree of upper second class or above from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification, is normally required in a subject area relevant to your chosen research topic
  • In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area
  • Initial registration is usually for MPhil or MRes or MA/MSc by Research with the possibility of transfer to PhD.  Candidates with a Master’s degree in a relevant subject that contains appropriate research methods training may register for a PhD directly.

Please see the tuition fees.

Develop advanced research skills with specialist training

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Masters degree or other appropriate postgraduate research methods training will benefit from the university's research methods training modules: Philosophy and Approaches to Research and Methodologies and Methods.

Benefit from a broad range of research areas

Access research-active supervisors with specialisms across a range of areas including: applied cognition, knowledge, learning and emotion; applied psychology; clinical and mental health and well-being; history and theory of psychology.

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