Research course


University of East Anglia · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

For entry on to the MPhil or PhD programmes, we would normally expect an applicant to hold a 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent, and a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Please note that applicants applying for the Faculty of Social Science PhD studentships require a master degree result of at least 65% (or equivalent) overall and at least a 65% result for a dissertation or extended research element as part of that master course.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

We have a vibrant research culture, and PhD students are an essential part of our research activity. You will fully participate in one or more of the School’s Cognition and Perception, Developmental Science, and Social Cognition Groups, where staff and postgraduates regularly meet to discuss their research interests.

Psychologists within the School have expertise across most areas of psychology, including cognitive and social neuroscience, developmental psychology, social psychology and cognition and language.

Recent PhD research topics include:

– Cognitive and behavioural consequences of joint attention

– The effects of language comprehension on visual prediction and spatial memory

– How early childhood experiences affect hippocampal development

– How positive and negative intergroup contact affects self-perception and behaviour

– The neural correlates of successful memory encoding over time.

Information for international students

English entry requirements are: IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.5 in all components) or equivalent qualification.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Research Service
+44 (0) 1603 591 709