Research course


University of Birmingham · School of Psychology
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

You should have a good Honours degree in Psychology or a related discipline appropriate to your intended studies. For MSc by Research we require at least a lower second-class Honours degree; for PhD we require at least an upper second-class Honours degree or a Masters qualification. If you have a lower second-class Honours degree you can apply initially for an MSc by Research and transfer to PhD if you are successful in your MSc examination.

Months of entry


Course content

We offer excellent research opportunities, supported by our links with local hospitals and clinics, local schools and nurseries, other University departments, industrial companies and departments of local and national government, both in this country and overseas. There are facilities for Erasmus exchanges with the Universities of Leuven (Belgium), Nijmegen (Netherlands), Copenhagen, Paris and Padova (Italy).

Our research interests cover the following broad themes:

  • Behavioural neuroscience
  • Developmental, social and applied psychology
  • Language, cognition and perceptual systems

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Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£15,030 FT

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
0121 414 5005