Entry requirements

Applicants for the PhD programme would normally have, or be studying for a Master’s degree, while our MPhil programme requires a first or upper second degree in a discipline related to the proposed research project, or a relevant, approved postgraduate qualification. In some cases, there may be opportunities for MPhil students to continue their studies as a PhD student.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 in each component).

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

Unlocking the secrets of the human mind is one of modern science’s greatest challenges. Psychology, the study of human behaviour, helps us to make sense of how we understand the world, what makes us laugh or cry, why we are conscious, and why we make the choices we do. Studying for a PhD or MPhil is a truly challenging and deeply rewarding experience, and Swansea University provides an excellent environment in which to pursue your research studies.

We invite applications in the following areas:

Clinical and Health Psychology

Researchers in this group look to apply the principles of psychology to both the physical and mental health of the population.

Learning and Behaviour

This group examines the mechanisms that allow behaviour and thoughts to adapt to the environment, and investigates the role of learning and memory processes in generating such flexible and adaptive behaviours.

Cognition and Perception

Our work in this field spans research into areas such as the perception, identification and processing of static and dynamic visual objects and events, or the inhibitory processes involved in memory and forgetting in both the theoretical and applied setting.

Brain and Behaviour

This research group is exploring the integration of neuroscience and behaviour. One such area is brain chemistry and the effect of eating, nutrition, and recreational drug use on cognition, mood and behaviour.

Evolutionary Behavioural Science

This group explores how evolution and the credo ‘survival of the fittest’ prevails within our current society, and goes on to influence our continued development and growth.

Examples of student research include mindfulness attentional control in healthy eating; substance abuse factors affecting attention; glucose metabolism and its effect on cognition and mood; the representation of colour and shape in memory, and memory and reading in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Information for international students

Since its foundation in 1920, Swansea University has embraced opportunities to think globally. The vibrant mix of nationalities and cultures on campus greatly enriches our learning and teaching environment. We understand the type of support our international students need to help them settle into student life in a new country.

Fees and funding

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out more about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page: www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Swansea University Postgraduate
+44 (0)1792 295358