Research course


University of Essex · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

Upper second class honours degree and relevant research background in the area of psychology or related discipline.

PhD, MPhil.

Months of entry


Course content

Supervision for PhD Psychology within our Department of Psychology is available in the fields of cognitive psychology, sensory and cognitive neuroscience, and social psychology. You study in a stimulating and vibrant research environment, and we provide excellent research facilities. In general, our PhD students enjoy the same access to neuroscience and other research equipment as our academic staff, and access to our research participant pool, which is essential for your experimental research. You also benefit from the supportive supervision given by our staff, and the friendly and collegiate atmosphere provided by fellow students. This ensures that we have an exemplary record in supporting our PhD students to produce high quality theses within three years.

With the skills and knowledge you acquire from studying within our Department, you will find yourself in demand from a wide range of employers. Our students have been employed in clinical psychology, educational psychology, criminal and forensic psychology. We also have excellent links with the research community and our PhD students have taken up post-doctoral positions in other top UK universities and internationally (including in the US, Italy and Australia), as well as being appointed to lectureships

We also offer an MPhil in this subject.

Our Department of Psychology has a strong reputation for research and teaching, with over half of our research defined as either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) and a ranking of thirteenth in the UK in the 2010 National Student Survey.

We provide excellent state-of-the-art facilities for study, with extensive laboratory space for experimental psychology and special facilities for visual and auditory perception, developmental psychology and social psychology, with our Hearing Research Laboratory and our Visual Perception Unit. We also have our Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (CNL), a state-of-the-art research facility dedicated to the study of brain activity in relation to psychological processes. This provides a dynamic resource for psychology and neuroscience, with specialised laboratories for investigating brain activity.

Department specialisms

We have four main research areas: cognitive psychology; neuropsychology; perception; social and health psychology.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see:

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
49 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 873822