Research course

Risk Analysis, Social Processes and Health

University of Nottingham · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

2.1 (or international equivalent) in a related subject relevant to the chosen research area.

Months of entry


Course content

Research includes a range of basic and applied topics including emotion, violence, blood donation, public perceptions of new biotechnology, nuclear waste and the environment, and judgmental forecasting. For example, the group has formulated a theory of unfolding patterns of events (marriage breakdown, road traffic accidents, violent acts), and outlined actions that would lead to favourable outcomes.

A major expression of this work is in our understanding of dangerous situations on the road, where 65% of traffic accidents could be prevented by the application of three simple behavioural rules. The group is interested in understanding human decision making processes in relation to judgements about risk and health and safety issues. This involves applying theoretical models in applied settings (NHS hospital staff; private sector industry, patient groups) and conducting fundamental experimental work (eg gambling tasks, implicit attitudes). Of particular theoretical interest to this group is the role played by emotions (eg Damasio`s somatic markers hypothesis, appraisal tendencies hypothesis, attributional accounts, risk-as-feelings hypothesis), contextual variables (eg cueing, priming) and individual differences (normal personality, abnormal personality, and health anxiety).

For a more extensive overview, please visit the course page on the University of Nottingham's online prospectus.

Department specialisms

Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience; Cognitive Development and Learning; Risk Analysis, Social Processes and Health; Behavioural Neuroscience.

Information for international students

English requirements: IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

The Graduate School at The University of Nottingham provides information on internal and external sources of postgraduate funding.

There is also funding information on the School of Psychology web pages.

For information on funding opportunities for international students, please see the International Office website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
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