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Full time | Streatham Campus | 4 years | JAN-21

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Full time


4 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Research overview

Research in the School is organised into four research groups:

Animal Behaviour

We are uniquely placed as one of the few international groups providing a bridging link between traditional questions of human psychology (cognition, learning, memory, social and developmental processes) and animal models providing experimental and evolutionary research opportunities. We explore the causes, functions and evolution of animal behaviour and how it adapts each species to its natural environment.

Clinical Psychology

We conduct research into the advancement of theoretical knowledge and clinical practice in clinical psychology, including:

  • mood disorders, with a particular interest in psychological processes implicated in unipolar and bipolar depressive disorder and evidence-based approaches to treatment;
  • addiction;
  • obesity;
  • executive control and associative learning;
  • ageing and cognitive health, with the aim of improving the lives of older people and people with dementia through research.


  • Associative Learning and Memory
  • Control of Cognition
  • Clinical Neuropsychology

Social, Environmental and Organisational Psychology

  • Social psychology
  • Social identity theory
  • Group behaviour
  • Social cognition
  • Environmental psychology
  • Organisational psychology


There are numerous career pathways available to students who have successfully completed a PhD in Psychology. Many choose to follow an academic career, taking up employment as a postdoctoral researcher or as lecturer. Others, particularly those who have undertaken clinical research, choose to pursue training as a clinical psychologist. Some of our graduates have also chosen a career in the business sector, either in established organisations or through developing their own business.

Which of these pathways people choose depends on the interests, knowledge and set of skills that people acquire through postgraduate study, but all contribute to your personal development and prepare you to contribute to society in different ways.

You will be encouraged to consider your future careers from the outset of your postgraduate degree, while we offer a series of events and seminars designed to help you meet your career aspirations, including career development seminars, talks and events with alumni and employers, and the opportunity to discuss employability issues with your mentor.

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Entry requirements

Students who have completed equivalent Masters-level programmes in other institutions may be permitted to start immediately on the MPhil/PhD programme. This may also be allowed even where there is no prior postgraduate qualification, but students in this position will be required to take a number of MSc modules as research training integrated into their MPhil/PhD programme. Students apply for an MPhil and then apply to upgrade to PhD by the end of their fifth term of study.

University information

The University of Exeter is a research university that is a member of the leading research- oriented UK universities, The Russell Group, The European University Association and the AMBA. As demonstrated in the REF 2014, 98% of the University of Exeter’s postgraduate research has been rated to be of international quality. Out of its 25,000 students, 5,500 of these are postgraduates, studying across Exeter’s three main campuses located across...more

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