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Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Psychology (General) Developmental Psychology

Course type

Research

Course Summary

This PhD programme provides a route for students to carry out their own research project: an investigation that will eventually contribute to the field of knowledge within the educational and social sciences. Students will work closely with their supervisor(s) to develop each stage of research. Supervisors will also help put together a programme of additional courses and activities to support students' progress towards the completion of their thesis.

Overview

Our profile as a department focuses principally on psychology (particularly in relation to education) and special educational needs (SEN). Educational neuroscience is being developed within our psychology interests.

Our psychology profile is distinctive, offering the largest coherent group of psychologists in the UK working in the area of education, child and adolescent development. Neuroscience is at the cutting edge of psychology and we are working in partnership with colleagues in UCL Psychology & Language Sciences and Birkbeck to extend our reach in this developing area.

Research areas

Our core areas of expertise include:

  • Psychology and typical development, focussing on classroom practices and their relationship with learning (science, mathematics, literacy, class size, grouping practices, deployment of teaching assistants, motivation)
  • Educational neuroscience
  • SEN and atypical development areas of autism, emotional disorders, hearing impairment, disorders of perception, Williams and Downs syndrome, sleep disorders, language difficulties, learning difficulties, literacy difficulties, numeracy difficulties, visual impairment and youth offending
  • Methodological expertise in experimental designs, longitudinal secondary data analysis, quantitative and some qualitative methods.

Careers

Psychology doctoral graduates progress to a range of career paths in: academia (both as university teachers and researchers); local and national government contexts supporting work related to education and psychology in the fields of policy and planning; school leadership; public sector research.

Different course options

Full time | London, Bloomsbury | 3 years | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

3 years

Start date

SEP-20

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£7,160

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£17,590

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

The normal minimum requirement is a Master’s degree from a UK university in a subject appropriate to the programme to be followed, or a qualification of equivalent standard appropriate to the programme to be followed awarded by a university (or educational institution of university rank) outside the UK. The majority of our successful applicants hold a Merit at Master’s level, and may have additional relevant experience. Students without a Master’s degree who have completed the UCL PGDip in Social Science Research Methods, obtaining a grade B or above in any two or more modules, may also be considered for admission to this programme.