Research course

Applied cognition

Open University · Department of Psychology

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 Department of Psychology has a well-established reputation for its innovative approach and commitment to real-world application. This area of the department’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, folk psychology, 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.

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

Application of theoretical models of practice learning to learning and using complex systems The perception, recognition and recall of faces and factors that influence these processes The nature of folk psychology and its role in scientific psychological explanation Dual-tasking capabilities e.g. when driving The role of cognitive processes in deception

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
15 months
distance learning
variable months


full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 653947