Research course

Psychological Sciences

University of Gloucestershire · Department of Natural and Social Sciences
MSc by researchPhD

Entry requirements

• MA by Research/MRes/MPhil: you will need at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area • PhD: you will need a masters degree or equivalent, in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic • we normally consider applications from candidates from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other band) or equivalent

Months of entry


Course content

Research opportunities in psychological sciences are offered in a range of applied and theoretical fields. You will benefit from high-quality supervision and a diverse range of expertise in the subject area.

Research areas include:

Applied cognition, knowledge, learning and emotion

Assessing situational awareness using EEG; decision-making in fireground, medical and military contexts; non-conscious processes in decision making and the influence of knowledge, emotion, attentional or response bias; self-regulatory focus and the effect of social values on experiences, emotion and wellbeing; neurological correlates of psychopathy; use of virtual reality technologies in experimental psychology.

Applied psychology

Wellbeing and resilience in specific stressed populations such as carers and diabetes patients; assessment centres and psychometric testing; employer attitudes and non-traditional forms of work; leadership in organisations; forensic psychology especially sexual offending behaviour; use of virtual reality to investigate eye-witness testimony; psychology of education including teaching and learning styles and the learning process.

Conceptual and historical issues in psychology

Psychology and social issues; popular representations of psychological theory; psychological language; pedagogy, diversity and e- learning; qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Research in this area is promoted by the Centre for Research in Applied Cognition, Knowledge, Learning and Emotion (CRACKLE) and the Centre for Learning and Innovation in Public Protection (CLIPP).

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

full time
12-24 months
part time
18-36 months


full time
30-48 months
part time
48-84 months

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
03330 141414