Research course

Psychology

Institution
University of Edinburgh · School of Philosophy, Psychology and Languages Science
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Psychology unit is rapidly establishing itself as a centre of excellence for interdisciplinary research. We host four major research groups:

  • Developmental Science
  • Human Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Language, Cognition and Communication
  • Differential Psychology

We also have strengths in the supervision of projects in history and theory of psychology, social psychology and visual cognition.

Developmental Science

Research in the Developmental Science group examines how different developmental factors interact across the lifespan, from before birth into adolescence and old age. The group comprises a diverse but well-integrated set of researchers, with expertise in cognitive, social and linguistic development, differential psychology and genetics, and computational modelling.

Human Cognitive Neuroscience

This research group comprises academics with core interests in memory, attention, executive function, visual memory, sensory integration and perceptuo-motor control in both normally functioning adults and people with neurological disorders. The group uses traditional behavioural measures, neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI and ERP, eyetracking, motion tracking, computational modelling and clinical assessment.

Language, Cognition and Communication

The Language, Cognition and Communication Research Group is internationally recognised for its work on the psychology of language. We have wide expertise in such areas as spoken and written comprehension, production, dialogue, bilingualism, language development, and the cognitive neuroscience of language.

Differential Psychology

The Differential Psychology group examines how thinking, behaviour and feelings differ from person to person, attempting to understand their psychological similarities and how psychological characteristics vary. Research includes the psychometric structure of intelligence; genetic and environmental effects on intelligence differences; associations between intelligence and information processing speed; and brain imaging and intelligence

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Name
PPLS Postgraduate Office
Email
pplspg@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 131 651 5002