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Full time | Stag Hill | 4 years | JAN-23

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Full time


4 years

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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this programme

At Surrey, our research covers a wealth of human beliefs, behaviours and experiences investigating individuals across the lifespan to better understand child development, creativity, decision-making, the environment, food and consumer behaviour, gender and sexuality, health-related behaviour, neuroscience, prejudice, perception, physical and mental illness, and the very processes involved in thinking itself.

Our team of researchers work in partnership with research councils (like the Economic and Social Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council) and both EU and UK governmental departments, to ensure our research is relevant to society. From these collaborations, we’ve secured over £4 million in research grants.

You’ll benefit from our expertise in qualitative and quantitative methodologies, subjective measures, and objective and biological assessments. We’ll train you in advanced and innovative research methods, teaching you how to use our state-of-the-art equipment, including our virtual reality (VR) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) software, preparing you for your career.

What you will study

In your first year you’ll complete four compulsory training courses, covering quantitative research methods, qualitative research methods, professional academic skills, and teaching and training. You’ll also familiarise yourself with relevant literature, create a research plan, develop your methodological and analytic skills, and complete your first study.

Throughout your studies you’ll gain a solid grounding in research methods and improve your communication skills to effectively convey your findings. You’ll collect data and analyse this, completing a detailed literature review and then writing up your PhD thesis. Depending on your research project, data collection can take place in schools, hospitals, laboratories or online.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (65 per cent or above) in psychology (or a related discipline) and a masters degree in a relevant subject with a pass of 65 per cent or above.

University information

The University of Surrey was established in 1891, and has a long and rich history of education and innovation. It welcomes more than 4,000 postgraduate students annually, forming an international research and learning community representing over 120 countries from around the world. The university is known for celebrating cultural diversity and fosters an inclusive student body. The University of Surrey is a research-driven institution, and...more

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