Research course

Psychology Sciences

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

Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree of upper second class or above from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification, is normally required in a subject area relevant to your chosen research topic
  • In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area

Months of entry


Course content

We offer research opportunities in Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Social Cognition, Forensic Psychology, and Health and Wellbeing.

Research areas are as follows:

Cognitive Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience/Social Cognition

Decision-making in applied settings; situation awareness and applications to training for blue light services; team situation awareness, the role of unconscious emotional information in intuitive decision-making; virtual reality as a training tool; sound symbolism in infant word learning; creation and use of person-models in action prediction; using EEG in studies of anxiety, wellbeing and attainment.

Forensic Psychology

Investigative reasoning; investigative interviewing including training interviewers, interviewing vulnerable people, and the role of identity and cultural differences; eye-witness testimony; training expert witnesses; cyberpsychology and cybersecurity. Opportunities for cross-disciplinary research around topics in domestic abuse and homicide, stalking, and sexual violence.

Clinical and mental health and well-being

Psychosocial interventions for people with chronic disease or mental distress; the social scientific study of the arts and popular culture, identity and social interaction; the arts in therapeutic contexts; care for people with dementia; understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder and implications for care; mindfulness; the understanding of psychopathology in terms of underlying neuroscience; the neuroscience of attachment behaviour and empathy; contemporary relational approaches to therapy, brief therapies and couples work.

Health and Wellbeing

Psychology and social issues; psychological language; pedagogy, diversity and eLearning; qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc by research
    full time
    12-24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    18-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    30-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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