PhD in Psychology



Research environment Our stimulating research environment includes laboratories for experimental, psychophysiological, perceptual and observational research (on-site EEG, TMS, tDCS, Baby Lab, driving simulator and dedicated access to external fMRI scanner), extensive technical equipment, laboratories for observing individual and group behaviour and a large library of psychometric and clinical tests. We have research links with schools, hospitals (with access to patients through local GPs ), businesses and many of the University’s multidisciplinary research centres.

Key research areas include:

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Cognition and creativity
  • Social and personality psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Environmental psychology

Research programmes:

  • PhD Psychology
  • PhD in Psychology with PGCert in Health Psychology Practice
  • PsychD Practitioner Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • PsychD Practitioner Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology

Research degrees overview The School of Psychology offers supervision of research leading to a PhD degree in multiple areas of psychology. Graduates from our programme are trained in the most advanced and innovative research methods and prepared to compete effectively in the job market. The programme provides a solid grounding in research methods and the skills of communicating research findings to academic and other audiences through academic publication and other routes.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Health Psychology Practice provides you with advanced knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in health psychology. If taken in parallel with the existing PhD programme, it will fulfil the British Psychological Society (BPS) criteria for the award of Chartered status in Health Psychology (Stage 2) and eligibility to apply to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) for registration as a Health Psychologist.

The PsychD Practitioner Doctorate in Clinical Psychology is a three-year full-time programme which leads to eligibility for registration with the HCPC and for chartered status with the British Psychological Society (BPS). It provides high-calibre professional clinical psychology training based on a coherent synthesis of psychological theory, research and practice.

The PsychD Practitioner Doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology was the first programme of its kind to be accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS). It enables you to take a critical academic approach to theory, practice and research in psychotherapeutic and counselling psychology, and trains you to work as an independent professional.

Entry Requirements PhD: Upper second-class honours degree (65 per cent or above) in psychology (or a related discipline) or a Masters degree in a relevant subject with a pass of 65 per cent or above.

PhD with PGCert: Upper second-class honours degree (65 per cent or above) in psychology (or a related discipline) and a Masters degree in Health Psychology (accredited by the BPS as Stage 1 training) with a pass of 65 per cent or above.

PhD status will be confirmed following a satisfactory probationary period. In their first year or part-time equivalent, all students are expected to pass taught courses relating to research methods, teaching and training, conducting consultancies, behaviour change interventions and professional skills. Non-fluent speakers of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above.

Studentship Opportunities Faculty studentships are available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study.

ESRC South East Doctoral Training Centre studentship opportunities

The South East DTC offers ESRC studentships to top-quality research students wishing to study psychology, sociology, politics or related multidisciplinary topics within the social sciences at the University of Surrey.

Further information For full programme information, please visit the ‘Apply’ button below.

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