Entry requirements

Many of our postgraduate students first register for one of our taught MSc programmes on the grounds that these provide the best preparation for a research degree.

Students who have completed equivalent Masters-level programmes in other institutions may be permitted to start immediately on the MPhil/PhD programme. This may also be allowed even where there is no prior postgraduate qualification, but students in this position will be required to take a number of MSc modules as research training integrated into their MPhil/PhD programme.

Students apply for an MPhil and then apply to upgrade to PhD by the end of their fifth term of study.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

Successfully completing an MPhil or PhD entails undertaking an in-depth study of a particular topic and making an original contribution to knowledge in the field. Our MPhil/PhD students are actively involved in work at the cutting edge of research activities within Psychology at the University of Exeter. Ranked in the top 100 in the world for Psychology^ and with state-of-the-art facilities, a steadily growing postgraduate community and a substantial increase in external research funding, we offer an ideal environment in which to undertake an MPhil/PhD.

Acceptance of an application for the MPhil/PhD programme is contingent on the availability of appropriate supervision. Hence potential applicants are strongly advised to contact one or more potential supervisors prior to applying, and to develop preliminary ideas on a research topic with them. Research in the School is organised into four research groups:

Department specialisms

Our research is organised around four research groups: Animal Behaviour; Clinical; Cognitive; and Social, Economic and Organisational Psychology. These are also complemented by four associated research centres: Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour (CRAB); Centre for Clinical Neuropsychology Research (CNNR); the Exeter Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience; and the Mood Disorders Centre.

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,500 (full-time) £2,250 (part-time)
International students
£19,800 (full-time)

Learn more at the funding page.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
36-84 months
full time
36-48 months
part time
72-84 months


full time
24-36 months
distance learning
24-60 months
part time
48-60 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1392 723310