Research course

Critical, Social and Cultural Psychology

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 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

          Course contact details

          Discipline Convenor

          +44(0)1908 652589