Research course

Psychiatry and Applied Psychology

University of Nottingham · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

PhD- 2.1 (or equivalent) Bachelor's degree level and a Pass at Master's degree level in relevant subjects and two academic references.

DM- Pass in a Medicine degree, registration with the General Medical Council and two academic references.

MPhil- 2.1 (or equivalent) degree in a relevant subject and two academic references.

Months of entry


Course content

For your postgraduate research degree you will complete a research project in your specific field of study and complete a written thesis with expert support and advice from your academic supervisor(s).

The written thesis must be no more than:

  • 60,000 words for an MPhil
  • 100,000 words for a PhD or DM

These word counts are inclusive of appendices, footnotes, tables, and bibliography. You will then take a verbal examination called a viva voce where you explain your project in depth to an examination panel.

You will gain your degree on passing your viva exam.

Specific subject titles have included:

  • Applied Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology Research
  • Occupational Health Psychology and Management
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Psychiatry
  • Health Psychology is also available though it does have different entry requirements.

The nature of individual projects and supervisors' expertise will determine the subject or title of your course. If you have an idea about your research studies, but are unsure which subject it should come under, please get in touch with Dr Elena Nixon, Director of Postgraduate Research for the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology or contact a potential supervisor.

Some project areas do not offer all of the qualification options, so we recommend getting in touch as early as possible to clarify which project area and qualification are right for you.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    upto 96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    upto 48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries