Research course


University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Undergraduate qualifications - a First (1st) or Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) in Psychology or its equivalent from a recognised University or College, a good Lower Second Class Honours degree (2:2) may be considered if the applicant has relevant work experience (certificates and transcripts must be scanned and uploaded via the online application system).

Postgraduate qualifications - a Masters degree or appropriate research training is normally required, applicants may be asked in their first year to complete some or all units of our MRes or MSc Health Psychology (subject to approval from the appropriate Director of Studies)(certificates and transcripts must be scanned and uploaded via the online application system.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil/PhD programme in Psychology covers four broad research areas:

  • Applied cognition and technology
  • Health psychology
  • Social processes
  • Clinical Psychology/Psychopathology

Students are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject in just one of these areas (some students combine two areas) - for further details see the section "Our Research". The research must be written up as a substantial thesis. The transfer from MPhil to PhD is subject to students passing an assessment process, which normally involves submission of written work and a transfer seminar. The final stage of the PhD degree is the oral, or viva voce, examination in which students are required to defend their thesis to a Board of Examiners.

Research Proposal

Applicants must write their own research proposal which must include details of at least 2 supervisors who you think may be interested in considering your application. You should describe how your research interests match theirs and refer to at least 1 published article of theirs that you have read. Please mention whether or not you have already been in contact with them. Also state how your undergraduate qualifications, postgraduate qualifications and work experience have prepared you for the research you wish to carry out and why you are seeking a place at Bath.

Your proposal should not be more than 4 pages in length and must include a brief description of your proposed objectives, methods of investigation, the historical background to the project; and how it will contribute to the field (who will benefit from this research; how will they benefit; what will be done to ensure that they have the opportunity to benefit).

Department specialisms

Clinical Psychology Social Cognition and Emotion Human Computer Interaction Health Psychology Social & Cultural Psychology

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 7.0 in each of the four components); TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The Department is ESRC-recognised for 1+3 and +3 funding. For other funding opportunities, please visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
36-72 months


full time
12-36 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0) 1225 386753