Research course

Applied Cognition

Open University · Department of Psychology

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Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent). We normally expect applicants to have an appropriate masters degree, including some research methods. A recognised MSc (Research Methods) is required for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships.

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Psychology has a well-established reputation for its innovative approach and commitment to real-world application. This area of the School’s work is wide ranging and involves researchers undertaking both collaborative and individual projects. Specific areas covered include face perception, visual attention, expertise, decision making, and folk understandings of psychological process. These are linked to application in areas such as forensic technology, driving behaviour, radiography, organophosphate exposure, facial disfigurement and understanding bias. An interdisciplinary approach is often taken which has led to strong links with researchers in other departments and faculties, producing a vibrant research culture in this area of enquiry.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
      full time
      15 months
      • PhD
        part time
        72 months
          full time
          36 months

          Course contact details

          Discipline Convenor

          +44(0)1908 652589