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PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

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Psychology (General)

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Course Summary

Psychology is an established and vibrant research discipline at the University of Brighton.

Our research is at the forefront of developments in applied, critical, community, social and health psychology and emerging fields such as cyberpsychology and ecopsychology. It addresses a wide range of topics such as mental health and wellbeing, friendship, identity, poverty and social exclusion, security and surveillance, gender, sexuality, intimacy, migration, nature-based interventions and climate change.

We are renowned for a creative approach to methods and have specialist knowledge across both quantitative and qualitative approaches, incorporating the latest technology (including state of the art eye tracking and biopack equipment) via our lab resources. We often collaborate with both academic and non-academic partners and have strong links with various community groups and organizations. In addition, the University of Brighton fosters a range of research that integrates Psychology and related humanities and social science subjects, so is also well-placed to develop cross-disciplinary projects with subjects that make use of psychological practices and methodologies.

Gaining a PhD in Psychology will enhance your career opportunities in academia and beyond. Opportunities include academic posts as lecturers and postdoctoral research assistants at the University of Brighton and elsewhere, as well as roles in central and local government, non-governmental organisations, social research, teaching, journalism and the media.

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Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the PhD are: a recognised Master’s degree with a significant research component, for example MPhil from another university, or similar qualification which is regarded by the University of Brighton as being equivalent and relevant or substantial appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level which resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment. An application made by someone with this experience will be considered on its merits and will normally require independent academic references or, unless a School exercises their right to specify more stringent entry requirements, we may consider a first or upper second honours degree or other qualification which is regarded by the University of Brighton as being equivalent and relevant.

University information

Located on England’s beautiful south coast, the University of Brighton is a busy multi-campus university with a diverse body of over 3,800 postgraduate students. The university offers over 200 postgraduate courses, many accredited by professional bodies, and most providing flexible study options so that students can balance their studies with other commitments. For students in need of additional financial support, there is a range of...more

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