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Department of Psychology

The Department admits postgraduates to study for research degrees: the PhD and MPhil in Biological Science (Psychology).

Information on PhD here (Course Code BLPC22)

A three-year, full-time research degree (a part-time option is available). Candidates carry out an original piece of research and submit a 60,000 word dissertation.

Information on MPhil in Psychology here (Course Code BLPCM1)

A one-year, full-time research degree, culminating in the production of a 20,000 word dissertation detailing a piece of original research and its conclusions. This degree can also be studied on a part-time basis.

Although the official course title is MPhil in Biological Science (Psychology), candidates can undertake research in any area of psychology

The Department contributes to the interdisciplinary MPhil in Basic and Translational Neuroscience.

Other relevant departments

Some other Departments carry out research similar to that carried out in Psychology. Please contact the following Departments directly if you are interested in working with someone on their staff.

Research in neuropsychiatry (e.g., depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and drug addiction) is also carried out in the Department of Psychiatry and within the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute.

Research in several areas of human cognitive neuroscience is also carried out at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.

Research on ethology and comparative psychology is also carried out at the Sub-Department of Animal Behaviour within the Zoology Department.

Please note that the Department does not offer the following:

  • Degrees/programmes/courses/training in clinical, counselling, educational, health or sports and exercise psychology
  • Distance learning degrees/programmes/courses/training
  • Exclusively taught postgraduate degrees
  • Psychology conversion courses


Funding Round Deadline
Gates Cambridge (USA) October 2021
All other funding rounds Thursday 2 December 2021

All deadlines are 12.00 (UK time).

The Department will continue to accept applications up until Tuesday 26 April 2022 for October 2022 start date. Any application submitted after 2 December 2021 will not be considered for the funding round.

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