Research course

Psychology

Institution
University of Buckingham · Psychology Department
Qualifications
DPhilMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have the minimum of a 2:1 degree in Psychology or related discipline.

Months of entry

January, September, July, April

Course content

We currently offer the opportunity to gain a postgraduate degree by research at the level of MSc, MPhil or DPhil (PhD). Study can be on either a full-time or a part-time basis. The minimum periods of study for achieving these research degrees are as follows:

  • MSc – 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • MPhil – 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time
  • DPhil – 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time (this is our equivalent term for a PhD)

The Psychology Department fosters a culture of collaborative, multidisciplinary research and you will join a vibrant community that includes regular work-in-progress seminars to foster an active research environment. You will join one of our four research hubs described below, all of which are engaged in inter-institutional collaborations, including some with non-academic partners such as health-care providers.

We are happy to consider research proposals on a wide range of topics relevant to our hubs, but may also be looking to fill specific research roles in some areas. Click on the link to each hub below to find out more.

In terms of entry qualifications, MSc candidates normally require at least a 2:1 Honours degree in Psychology or an associated subject at Undergraduate level, and DPhil candidates would typically be expected to have an MSc degree (or equivalent), though exceptional candidates without postgraduate qualification will be considered. In the first instance, full-time doctorate research students are required to register for an MPhil degree for not less than one year after initial registration, and must then fulfil academic requirements to upgrade to a DPhil degree. For suitable students, there may be teaching opportunities after upgrade. Candidates must typically be self-funded, but there are a limited number of ‘fees-free’ places, awarded competitively each year.

Interested in talking to us? Click here to contact us, and we will be back in touch for an informal chat to discuss the opportunities available. For our taught MSc in Health Psychology, click here.

Information for international students

Buckingham is a truly global community with students of all ages and cultures: over 90 countries are represented. It is a place to establish lasting networks, both professionally and socially. Our alumni networks operate successfully all over the world and we encourage them to stay in touch with us.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,140 - £21,420
International students
£13,280 - £39,840

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK was introduced in August 2016 with support from the UK Government. The loan will provide up to £10,000 (£10,280 for new applicants in 2017) for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living expenses or both. Find out more >>

Qualification and course duration

DPhil

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Phone
+44 (0)1280 828204
Fax
+44 (0)1280 828295