Research course


Keele University · Faculty of Natural 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.

Months of entry


Course content

Please note, all course information including entry requirements relates to the 2022/23 academic year.

The Psychological Research Centre is a thriving academic community made up of active researchers in a wide variety of areas. Research in the centre is internationally recognised and has a significant impact through benefits to society. There are three research groups: Cognitive and Biological, Social Psychological, and Health and Well-being. Cutting across these research groups are the Children and Young People’s Research Network and the Qualitative Psychology Forum. All staff and postgraduate students belong to one or more of these groupings, and research that crosses thematic boundaries is also encouraged.

The centre welcomes postgraduate research students from around the world as members of this community and provides support and facilities to enable them to achieve their full potential in a stimulating and lively environment.

The centre provides an excellent range of research facilities and support including well equipped office space, technical and administrative support, regular research seminars, an annual postgraduate conference, journal clubs, and social events. There is a comprehensive induction process to help PhD students settle into life within the centre. There are opportunities for students to gain paid experience in teaching in psychology to support the undergraduate programme, one of the largest at Keele.

Fees and funding

For information related to fees and funding, please visit the individual course page on the Keele University website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

The PhD/MPhil are purely by research culminating into a PhD/MPhil thesis defended at a viva, and there are no taught elements. For most students, the PhD/MPhil start date is end of September. Overseas students can start at different times during the year based on obtaining visa, confirmation of funding, etc. For more information, get in touch with the listed course contact, visit our course webpage to see relevant research leads or contact the Keele Doctoral Academy.

Course contact details

Postgrad Research Administrator
+44 (0)1782 734331