Research course

Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology

University of Kent · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

Please also check our general entry requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Psychology at Kent offers a supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning.

We conduct both basic and applied research in several areas, and we are highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research. We have a long-established international reputation in social psychology, and this is complemented by our strengths in cognitive, developmental and forensic psychology. The School attracts excellent visiting scholars and postgraduate students from both within the UK and overseas. Some of our PhD students are self-funded, and others are funded by grants or awards either from the School, UK or their countries of origin. Some are also paid for doing part-time teaching within the School.

Our taught Master’s (MSc) programmes have been recognised by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as meeting the nationally recognised criteria for preparation training for PhD research. The MSc in Forensic Psychology at Kent is also accredited by The British Psychological Society as providing the first (academic) year of professional training for those who pass the course and wish to qualify as Chartered Forensic Psychologists. The School has a strong track record of attracting ESRC research studentship funding, which involves partnerships with external organisations such as Age Concern England and the Equality and Human Rights Commission and collaborative studentships with partners such as People United.

The breadth of our research interests allows us to offer supervision of research degrees in a number of areas of psychology, including: social psychology; developmental psychology; forensic psychology; cognitive psychology; existential psychology; personality and motivation. You should include an outline of your proposed research in your online application form.

Your research will be supported by a supervisory panel which will include a main supervisor and a secondary supervisor. Who you have as supervisors is decided by the compatibility between your own and the available supervisors’ research interests. Typically, you meet with your supervisors more frequently at the initial stages of research than during the phases of data collection and analysis.

We also provide substantial additional training for our doctoral students. If you have not already successfully completed an advanced statistics and methods course, in your first year you will need to take the Advanced Statistics and Methodology module from the taught MSc. Doctoral students at Kent are also provided with training in research-specific and broader ‘transferable’ skills, including academic writing, career management and presentation skills. You also have the opportunity to train for an advanced teaching qualification (ATAP). During term time, the research groups hold weekly meetings to discuss ongoing work, and there are also weekly seminars featuring external speakers. Numerous data analysis and research methods workshops (recent examples: structural equation modelling; hierarchical linear modelling; meta-analysis; EPrime experimental software), and individual training opportunities are available.

Department specialisms

Social Psychology Cognitive Psychology Forensic Psychology Developmental Psychology

Information for international students

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages at: Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please refer to the University's postgraduate Scholarship and Loans web pages at:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
60-72 months

Course contact details

Recruitment and Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1227 827272
+44 (0) 1227 827077