Psychology

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Run by Faculty of Life Sciences
Awards available PhD, MSc by research
Programme length 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.

Programme overview

Studying human behaviour in the School of Psychological Science will give you the opportunity to be part of a vibrant postgraduate community and a world class research department with more than 30 internationally recognised academic staff. The programme aims to provide students with outstanding and cutting-edge training from the purest research into psychology to interdisciplinary research in a wide range of areas. These include advancing the frontiers of cognitive science into engineering or educational applications, investigating the neural mechanisms underlying human behaviours, and developing integrated interventions to improve health and wellbeing. Our postgraduate students are a very important part of the School’s research culture and 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 applicants wish to pursue. Current research areas can be found on the School of Psychological Science Research page.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
£4,565
UK: part-time
£2,283
Overseas: full-time
£24,600

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.

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

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.

Alumni scholarship

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 2022/23

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.

Entry requirements

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:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Research groups

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 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.

Careers

Many of our PhD graduates continue with a career in academia; others work in the private sector or in government institutions.

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Application deadline

We welcome applications at any time of year.

Open days and visits

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Get in touch

Faculty Education Team Postgraduate Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 8452 Email: psychology-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk

School of Psychological Science
University of Bristol
12a Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TU
School website: School of Psychological Science

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

Bristol Doctoral College

The Bristol Doctoral College facilitates and supports doctoral training and researcher development across the University.

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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