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University of Gloucestershire
Postgraduate research

Psychology PhD

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Study type
Full Time
Course length
4 Years
Campus
Distance Learning (UoG delivery)
UCAS Code
N/A

Course overview

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
Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing.

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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.

    • Please provide a copy of your research proposal. This should be 1,000 words (excluding references and appendices) following the structure outlined in this research proposal guide.

      Please note; we’re unable to process applications without a proposal for the School’s consideration. Not supplying one will delay the processing of applications.

Fees and costs

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Start date Course code Fee (UK)
Fee per year
Fee (international)
Fee per year
October 2024 £5,100 £12,775
February 2025 £5,100 £12,775
October 2025 TBC TBC
February 2026 TBC TBC

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Careers

Our postgraduate research students cultivate a diverse set of skills that are highly valued in the UK and internationally, preparing them for successful careers within academia and beyond. 

As a postgraduate research student at UoG, you’ll develop and refine a range of skills across research, academic practice, project management and critical analysis to equip you for your future. Whether it’s contributing to ground-breaking academic research or applying problem-solving skills in the workplace, we’ll ensure you’re ready to take on your next challenge. 

This versatility opens doors to opportunities across various sectors, from education and research institutions to commercial organisations and NGOs, where you’ll have the confidence to apply your researcher skills and develop innovative solutions to meet your ambitions. 

Can't see your research area listed?

With research submitted in each of our research areas judged to be internationally excellent according to the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), our research supervisors have a broad range of specialisms across a diverse range of subjects.

Get in touch to find out how we can support your research interests by emailing admissions@glos.ac.uk.

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.

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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