Research course


Anglia Ruskin University · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

Candidates seeking admission to the degree of MPhil or MPhil with possibility of transfer to PhD will normally be required to hold a first or upper second class honours degree of a university, or any other institution of higher education in the UK with degree-awarding powers or a qualification which is regarded by Anglia Ruskin as equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree.

Months of entry

January, October, June, April

Course content

Pursue your research with a large, highly-rated team that has a diverse range of interests and is widely published.

We actually work within two groups: Applied, Social & Health Psychology; and Brain & Cognition.

There are over a dozen senior researchers in the department, all experienced supervisors, and we can accommodate many different thesis proposals, in line with our expertise.

Here’s a brief overview of our principal research interests, by group:

  • Health
  • Emotion
  • Development disorders
  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Consumer psychology
  • Sexual health
  • Social psychology
  • Memory storage and retrieval
  • Object and face processing
  • Language processing
  • Intelligence
  • Efficacy of feedback for clinical populations
  • Disorders including Alzheimer’s, semantic dementia, herpes encephalitis, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury and aphasia.

We can offer you excellent laboratory and study facilities for your research, as well as personalised research training and personal development planning throughout your programme.

If you've already conducted research and published work that demonstrates an independent and original contribution to knowledge in this field of you may wish to apply for a PhD by Published Work.

Researcher profile: Charlotte Smith

"I began studying at Anglia Ruskin in 2008, where I did a BSc in Psychology. I knew from attending the open day that I would thrive in the learning environment that the department provides. The lecturers I met were incredibly personable, and it was clear that they are really invested in your academic performance as an individual. I was also keen to take the opportunity to study in such a beautiful and academic city.

I graduated in 2011 with a first class honours degree. The close-knit department, small student to staff ratio, and passionate delivery of lectures by leaders in their fields really inspired me to delve into a career in psychology. Considering the high standard of supervision I received in my undergraduate project by Dr Rohleder, and the subsequent mark I was awarded, I was keen to stay at Anglia for further study. A few months later, when a funded PhD in the department came up I jumped at the chance to apply for it.

Here I am, 7 months into my PhD at Anglia, where I am investigating how women disclose a HIV positive status within an intimate partner relationship in the UK. I absolutely love my area of research. Continuing my path in academia in Anglia's Psychology Department has been the best decision I have ever made. My supervisors, Dr Poul Rohleder, and Dr Rachel Cook are not only well-established health psychology researchers that are familiar with up-to-date health research methods, but are really committed to my progress. They are always available to give input into the project, and we have frequent supervisions that are filled with challenging, critical discussions of my area.

I have a dual role as a graduate teaching assistant; this means that I lead psychology first year seminars, whilst studying for my PhD. As doctorate study can sometimes be rather solitary I find it incredibly satisfying to share research skills that I have learned with students who are just starting out. As well as being immediately rewarding, this role has also really enabled me to develop my teaching and presentation skills; skills that are essential to being a successful University lecturer.

Although I have over two years left I'm already looking at post doc positions in the psychosocial aspects of HIV/AIDS in both the UK and US! I will be incredibly sad to leave the department, however I feel certain that studying at Anglia has given me a very strong basis of research knowledge that will lead me into asuccessful research career. This is a big step from entering the University in 2008, with no confidence, and having no clear career path in mind."

Information for international students

To apply for our postgraduate Research Degrees, students from outside the European Union require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent test score). For more information on international entry requirements please visit our International Student webpages.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Aside from self-funding or funding by your employer, charities and trusts (competitively sought after, as are Research Council Awards), career, graduate, and professional study loans may be available. Visit: for information on educational trusts, or for bank loans at competitive rates. Alternatively, visit your local high-street bank for more information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 - 60 months
part time
36 - 72 months


part time
30 - 48 months
full time
18 - 36 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Science & technology Admissions Team
0845 271 3333