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Psychological Sciences


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What is Psychological Sciences PhD?

Conduct your own piece of research in psychological sciences. Contribute to knowledge in the sector while improving your professional practice and developing advanced academic skills and knowledge.

We offer research opportunities in:

Cognitive psychology / cognitive neuroscience / social cognition

  • Decision-making in applied settings
  • Situation awareness and applications to training for blue light services
  • Team situation awareness – the role of unconscious emotional information in intuitive decision-making
  • Virtual reality as a training tool
  • Sound symbolism in infant word learning
  • Creation and use of person-models in action prediction
  • Using EEG in studies of anxiety, wellbeing and attainment

Forensic Psychology

  • Investigative reasoning
  • Investigative interviewing – including training interviewers, interviewing vulnerable people, and the role of identity and cultural differences
  • Eye-witness testimony
  • Training expert witnesses
  • Cyberpsychology and cybersecurity.

Plus opportunities for cross-disciplinary research around topics in domestic abuse and homicide, stalking, and sexual violence.

Clinical and mental health and wellbeing

  • 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

Health and wellbeing

  • Psychology and social issues
  • Psychological language
  • Pedagogy, diversity and elearning
  • Qualitative and quantitative research methods

This research contributes to the subject community
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Entry requirements

    • To study this course you will need to have obtained the following:

      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.

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Apr 2021 Off-campus - Bielefeld GmbH, Germany £6,433 £10,276
May 2021 Off-campus - Munich, Germany £6,433 £10,276
Oct 2021 Distance Learning £3,333 £6,667
Oct 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £3,333 £6,667
Dec 2021 Off-campus - Munich, Germany £6,433 £10,277
Feb 2022 Distance Learning £3,333 £6,667
Feb 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham £3,333 £6,667
Apr 2022 Off-campus - Bielefeld GmbH, Germany £6,433 £10,277
May 2022 Off-campus - Munich, Germany £6,433 £10,277
Oct 2022 Distance Learning
Oct 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham
Dec 2022 Off-campus - Munich, Germany
Feb 2023 Distance Learning
Feb 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham
Apr 2023 Off-campus - Bielefeld GmbH, Germany
May 2023 Off-campus - Munich, Germany

Develop advanced research skills with specialist training

Research students who have not already completed a relevant Master’s 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.

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Focus on the application of psychological knowledge to real-world issues

Benefit from a broad range of research areas and access research-active supervisors. We offer research opportunities in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, social cognition, forensic psychology, and health and wellbeing

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