Research course

Critical, Narrative, Discursive, Phenomenological and Transdisciplinary Psychosocial Research

Institution
Open University · Department of Psychology
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

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

October

Course content

The School of Psychology’s work in this area has a distinguished history and the School has a world-class reputation for its contribution to the development of these psychological approaches. This research ranges from sexualities and relationships, health and illness, sexual violence, memory, suggestibility and intersections between psychology and law, to masculinities, femininities, and the discursive construction of identities, and alternative structures of intimate life in diverse contexts. A principal interest concerns theoretical and methodological innovation to shape distinct transdisciplinary psychosocial approaches.

Other significant areas of work address questions of ethnicity, racism and nationalism, and migration and citizenship. There is a strong track record of externally funded research and active links with colleagues across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences which offers an institutional context for collaborative research activity and support.

Potential research projects

  • Discursive and phenomenological approaches to self
  • Narratives of relationships, normative and/or non-normative sexualities
  • Embodied, lived and/or liminal experiences and affect, particularly relating to gender, sexual, and relationship diversity
  • Femininities and masculinities
  • Conflict, prejudice, segregation and discrimination
  • Discourses, practices and experiences of health and illness, including contested illnesses
  • Critical approaches to wellbeing, happiness, quality of life and self-management
  • The construction and practices of moralities and moral orders
  • Identity work around occupations and work, e.g. in the creative industries
  • Media representations of children and parenting
  • Methodological developments in social psychology
  • History, theory and philosophy of psychology
  • Psychology and law (including international perspectives, legal and welfare practices, issues surrounding child protection and child witnesses)
  • Critical psychology
  • Q methodological studies of subjectivity and its discursive resources
  • Dialogical Self, dialogical analysis; dialogues of mobility and non-mobility in the public sphere, including migration and the European Union.
  • Analysis of self-help and advice giving, particularly relating to sex and relationships
  • Life course transitions and intimacy; alternative structures for intimacy
  • Social psychology, history and memory
  • European citizenship and public attitudes towards the European Union

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

- Discursive and phenomenological approaches to self - Narratives of relationships, normative and/or non-normative sexualities - Embodied, lived and/or liminal experiences and affect, particularly relating to gender, sexual, and relationship diversity - Femininities and masculinities - Conflict, prejudice, segregation and discrimination - Discourses, practices and experiences of health and illness, including contested illnesses - Critical approaches to wellbeing, happiness, quality of life and self-management - The construction and practices of moralities and moral orders - Identity work around occupations and work, e.g. in the creative industries - Media representations of children and parenting - Methodological developments in social psychology - History, theory and philosophy of psychology - Psychology and law (including international perspectives, legal and welfare practices, issues surrounding child protection and child witnesses) - Critical psychology - Q methodological studies of subjectivity and its discursive resources - Dialogical Self, dialogical analysis; dialogues of mobility and non-mobility in the public sphere, including migration and the European Union. - Analysis of self-help and advice giving, particularly relating to sex and relationships - Life course transitions and intimacy; alternative structures for intimacy - Social psychology, history and memory - European citizenship and public attitudes towards the European Union

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
48 months

MPhil

full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Discipline Convenor
Email
FASS-Psych-PG-Admissions@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 653947