Research course


University of Surrey · Department of Psychology

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (65 per cent or above) in psychology (or a related discipline) or a Masters degree in a relevant subject with a pass of 65 per cent or above. PhD status will be confirmed following a satisfactory probationary period. In their first year or part-time equivalent, all students are expected to pass taught courses relating to research methods, teaching and training, conducting consultancies, behaviour change interventions and professional skills.

Months of entry

October, April

Course content

The School of Psychology is home to over 50 research-active staff. Since 2007, the School has hosted over 40 research grants (over £4 million), funded by ESRC, BBSRC, MRC, EPSRC, the EU and UK government departments, among others. Our research is recognised for its original contribution to psychological science, its rigorous use of methodology, and the reach of its significance into policy and everyday life.
Our stimulating research environment includes laboratories for experimental, psychophysiological, perceptual and observational research (on-site EEG, TMS, tDCS, Baby Lab, driving simulator and dedicated access to external fMRI scanner), extensive technical equipment, laboratories for observing individual and group behaviour and a large library of psychometric and clinical tests. We have research links with schools, hospitals (with access to patients through local GPs), businesses and many of the University’s multidisciplinary research centres.
The School of Psychology offers supervision of research leading to a PhD degree in multiple areas of psychology. Graduates from our programme are trained in the most advanced and innovative research methods and prepared to compete effectively in the job market. The programme provides a solid grounding in research methods and the skills of communicating research findings to academic and other audiences through academic publication and other routes.

Department specialisms

Cognitive Psychology; Social Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Forensic Psychology; Occupational/Organisational Psychology; Perception; Environmental Psychology; Health Psychology; Psychometrics; Neuropsychology.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 7 or above.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
Faculty Studentship Opportunities
Faculty studentships are available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study. Please see the Faculty studentships webpage for further information.
ESRC South East Doctoral Training Centre studentship opportunities
The South East DTC offers ESRC studentships to top-quality research students wishing to study psychology, sociology, politics or related multidisciplinary topics within the social sciences at the University of Surrey.

Qualification and course duration


part time
45-96 months
full time
33-48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 686 509