Research course

Psychology (Higher Degrees by Research)

University of Chester · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for an MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree in a discipline appropriate to their intended area of research. Substantial prior research experience may, in some instances, be acceptable in place of a first degree qualification. If you are not sure whether this might apply to you, our Postgraduate Admissions team will be able to advise you.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

Studying for an MPhil or a PhD is very much an individual activity, and research topics vary widely, according to personal interests. As one of our students, we will help to nurture your interests and develop skills and insights essential to your future progress.

To assist you, we offer access to modern, well-equipped laboratories and library facilities, and are also able to support prospective students in developing their research proposals.

We offer supervision in a range of areas, including possibilities for inter-disciplinary approaches. Our staff have expertise in areas of health psychology, animal behaviour, evolutionary psychology, children and families, cognition, language, and emotion.

The department has an international profile for research on non-human primates including investigations about the regulation of social relationships, the impact of living with high fission-fusion dynamics and environmental influences on the well-being of non-human primates.

The department also has an influential record of research in the area of children and families, especially our work on causes and prevention of bullying in schools. Projects also include development of self-awareness in infancy and an international collaborative study on the impact of parenting style on infant development.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
48-84 months


full time
12-48 months
part time
24-72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1244 511000