PsychologyFind a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Life Sciences|
|Awards available||PhD, MSc by research|
PhD: three years full-time (or part-time equivalent);
MScR: one year full-time or two years part-time.
Both the PhD and MScR allow one further year to write up.
This research degree is also available via distance leaning.
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Start date||Not fixed.|
Studying in the School of Psychological Science will give you the opportunity to be part of a vibrant postgraduate community and a world-class department. Our postgraduate students are a very important part of the departmental research culture and are a key component in maintaining our international research reputation.
Before submitting an application, we strongly recommend that potential applicants make informal contact with the member of academic staff who has expertise in the research area you wish to pursue. Current research areas can be found on the School of Psychological Science Research page.
For a full list of our academic staff, visit the School of Psychological Science staff page.
Fees for 2020/21
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- UK/EU: part-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Bench fees: For postgraduate research students who are not funded by UK Research Councils or (specific) UK charities, it is usual to charge a bench fee. A bench fee covers the costs of laboratory consumables, specialist equipment and other relevant costs (e.g. training) for the duration of the programme. The bench fee charged can vary considerably depending on the nature of the programme being undertaken. Details of specific bench fee charges can be provided on request and will made clear in the offer letter sent to applicants.
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2020/21
UK/EU students may be eligible to apply for funded scholarships, for example doctoral training centre scholarships and University of Bristol scholarships. Details of these and other scholarship opportunities, such as the China Scholarship Council programme, are published on the School of Psychological Science website.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
An upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in psychology or a related discipline.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Research activity in the school is organised into research themes. Within each theme, there is a set of focused research groups.
An important feature of this research structure is the extent of collaboration across research groups and across the themes. All groups address fundamental questions and look at the impact of their work more broadly in industry, healthcare, education and society. Across these thematic research groups, there are particular strengths in computational neuroscience and neuropsychology.
Many of our PhD graduates work in academia; others work in the private sector or in government institutions.
We welcome applications at any time of year.
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REF 2014 results
- Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience:
- 43% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 37% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 18% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
- 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.
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Charlotte Powell Postgraduate Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 8452 Email: email@example.com
School of Psychological Science
University of Bristol
12a Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TU http://www.bristol.ac.uk/psychology/