This course can be completed over a 1 year or 2 year period. Research areas are as follows:
Applied cognition, knowledge, learning and emotion
Brain 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).
Business 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-being
Psychosocial 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 psychology
Psychology and social issues; psychological language; pedagogy, diversity and eLearning; qualitative and quantitative research methods.
- 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.
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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.