Research course

Doctoral Programme in Psychology

Brunel University, London · Health and Life Sciences

Entry requirements

Usually at least a 2.1 in a first degree, in a related field from a recognised university.


Months of entry

January, December, November, October, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.
MPhil degree option

An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.

Department specialisms

Social, Cross-cultural Psychology; Personal Relationships, Gender, Ethnicity; Psychoanalytic Studies; Brain Imaging (fMRI), Vision, Language and Dyslexia; Autism, Infant Behaviour; Neuropsychology, Emotion, Cognition, Consciousness.

Fees and funding

Departmental Studentships are sometimes available; students also hold ESRC and ORS, and national governmental awards.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
+44 (0) 1895 268161