Entry requirements

Typically you’ll need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second-class (2:1) honours degree and, in some cases, a Masters degree. Actual requirements vary by course.

See the entry requirements for your course and the how to apply page.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

As an internationally renowned research department we have a vibrant community of research postgraduates. We offer full-time and part-time research degrees leading to MPhil and PhD qualifications in all areas of research covered by members of faculty. We offer both a PhD in Psychology and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. In addition to the core programme, we also offer a PhD in Psycholinguistics jointly with Education and Language and Linguistic Sciences. In collaboration with CITY College University of York Europe Campus, we offer a York-CITY Collaborative PhD in Psychology with PhD students based at CITY College, Thessaloniki, Greece.

We provide a stimulating yet supportive atmosphere, combined with access to superb research facilities. Our research postgraduates work closely with leading researchers in their chosen field and their projects are often published in top international journals.

PhD and MPhil degrees both involve conducting research under the supervision of a member of staff and submitting the results in a thesis.

PhD students study for three years (six years part-time), while an MPhil degree takes two years (four years part-time) and thus requires a smaller quantity of research to be completed.

Applicants are expected to choose between our two PhD programmes based on their research interests: those who plan to conduct research at the York Neuroimaging Centre, or to complete research in cognitive neuroscience are advised to apply for the PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, whilst those with research interests in all other areas are advised to apply for the PhD in Psychology. Potential supervisors can also give advice on the most suitable programme for individual applicants.

Information for international students

If you're an international applicant, you may also need to consider some additional factors including:

English language requirements

Visa requirements, including how to get your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

Fees and funding

Department and University scholarships may be available, please check the Fees and Funding page for more details.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
01904 323189