Research course


Keele University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally require an honours degree with a first or 2.1 classification, or a masters degree, in a relevant subject. In exceptional circumstances applications from professional staff with several years' experience in the health or social professions may be considered, but they will need to demonstrate an ability to undertake academic study at this level. See website.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Psychology at Keele has three main research groupings. The Brain & Cognition group conduct research into neuropsychological and cognitive processes both in healthy individuals and in patient populations. The Health & Wellbeing group adopt critical psychological approaches to understanding health and illness and to promoting wellbeing, working with the NHS, counsellors, schools and the community at large. The Social & Developmental group conduct research into social relationships and children’s social development. All staff and postgraduate students belong to one or more of these groupings, and research that crosses thematic boundaries is also encouraged.

Psychology students are housed in the same building as staff and laboratory space and technical support is provided where necessary; access is also available to the undergraduate research participation scheme. Research training can be accessed from the School of Psychology, the Graduate School and from external providers such as ESRC. A regular Psychology seminar series is held with visiting speakers from across the UK, staff regularly attend conferences in the UK and worldwide, and students are encouraged to do the same. The postgraduate research programme builds on a successful ESRC-accredited suite of MSc courses in various subfields of psychology, and all students are invited to join a relevant research group or groups to support their research beyond the supervisor-student relationship. There are opportunities for students to gain paid experience in teaching in psychology to support the undergraduate programme, one of the largest at Keele.

Department specialisms

Applied psychology Cognitive psychology and neuropsychology Dementia Health and counselling psychology Psychology of addiction

Information for international students

English Language proficiency required. Keele has research students from over 50 different countries. We offer a safe campus environment, with guaranteed accommodation for all full time postgraduate students who apply by 30 June. Support specifically for international students includes an International Students Support Officer and free English language support.

Fees and funding

All sponsorship opportunities are listed on the website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


part time
24-36 months
full time
12-24 months

Course contact details

Lisa Cartlidge
(44) 1782 734331