MPhil, PhD, DEdPsy Psychology

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Research opportunities

You can study an MPhil over one year, a DEdPsy over two years or a PhD over three years.

MPhil and PhD

You can study either an MPhil or a PhD within any of our research areas:

As part of your MPhil or PhD, you'll be enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RDP) for which you'll have to complete a range of personal, professional and career development activities.

These activities aim to develop the transferable skills you'll use throughout your career and also within a particular researcher development framework.


Our DEdPsy degree is specific to Educational Psychology.

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Fees & funding

All fees quoted are per academic year unless otherwise stated.

Entrants may be subject to a small fee during the writing up period.

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Have a look at our scholarship search for funding opportunities.

Postgraduate research opportunities

Search for all funded and non-funded postgraduate research opportunities.

Please note: the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

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Our research

We provide a vibrant, friendly environment for outstanding psychology research and teaching with internationally recognised researchers. Our research has a direct impact on the industry, culture and environment in Scotland and beyond.


Find out more about our research

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Name Areas of Expertise 
Louise Brown 
  • Cognitive ability throughout the adult lifespan
  • Working memory
  • Attention
  • Changes in cognition with ageing
  • Health and well-being in older age
Stephen Butler 
  • Attention
  • Eye movements
  • Face Processing
  • Attentional and Perceptual Biases
  • Hemispheric laterality
  • Human Factors
  • Human Computer Interaction
Nicola Cogan 
  • Coping and resilience in the face of adversity
  • Post-traumatic growth
  • Psychological therapies
  • Military mental health and wellbeing
  • Transitions and adaptation
  • Sport Psychology
  • Citizenship & Recovery
Mark Elliott
  • Applied and experimental social psychology
  • Attitudes
  • Social cognition models
  • Habits and past behaviour
  • Cognition and behaviour change interventions
Leanne Fleming 
  • Behavioural sleep medicine
  • Psychosocial oncology
  • Symptom management in chronic conditions
  • CBT management of insomnia
Kumiko Fukumura 
  • Perspective-taking during language communication
  • Speaker's choice of linguistic forms (words, sentences)
  • Discourse processing
  • Referential communication
  • Cross-linguistic investigation and bilingualism 
Madeleine Grealy 
  • Motor control
  • Age-related changes in perceptuo-motor control
  • Rehabilitation after stroke
  • Positive psychology 
Simon Hunter
  • Stress coping strategies in children and adolescents
  • Peer victimisation and discrimination as stressors
  • Use of electronic forms of communication in children and adolescents
Stephen Kelly
  • Implicit learning and memory
  • Skill learning
  • Face recognition
  • Emotional learning and risk perception in driving
  • Cognitive psychology of religion
William McGeown 
  • Memory
  • Neuropsychiatric symptoms
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; normal ageing
  • Hypnosis and suggestibility
  • Neuroimaging and neuropsychological research methods
Marc Obonsawin 
  • Personality (mood, engagement and interpersonal behaviour)
  • Personality change after brain injury
  • Acquired and developmental personality disorders
  • Pharmacological influences on mood
Susan Rasmussen 
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Health psychology
  • Social behaviour during infectious disease epidemics
  • Perfectionism
  • Over-general memory
David Robertson 
  • Face perception
  • Face recognition
  • Voice recognition
  • Selective attention
  • Perceptual load
  • Individual differences
Jo Saunders
  • Theories of forgetting
  • Memory (odour memory, eyewitness memory, recovered memories, self-protective memory)
  • Schizotypy
  • Third wave psychological therapies 
Lynn Williams
  • Health psychology
  • Personality and health
  • Outcomes in cardiac patients
  • Psychological aspects of infection prevention and control

Postgraduate research at the Strathclyde Doctoral School

The Strathclyde Doctoral School provides a vibrant and comprehensive student-centred research and training environment in order to grow and support current and future research talent. The School encompasses our four faculties and is committed to enriching the student experience, intensifying research outputs and opportunities, and ensuring training is at the highest level. As a postgraduate researcher, you'll automatically become a member of the Strathclyde Doctoral School.

Find out more about the Doctoral School

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International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 100 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

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Support & development

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a friendly and supportive study environment for research students studying subjects within Humanities & Social Sciences.

Our staff will support you through your studies and you'll become part of a community of students who get involved with our workshops, seminars and competitions.

Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PgCert RPD) for MPhil/MRes

Our PgCert RPD programme aims to ensure you get the most out of your current research activities at Strathclyde and helps you prepare for your future career as a researcher.

We'll help you recognise and develop your transferrable skills that'll have a positive impact on your research, now and in the future.

Find out more about the PgCert RPD programme.


The University Careers Service can help you with everything from writing your CV to interview preparation. Take a look at our careers service pages to get more information.

Student support

From financial advice to our IT facilities, we have a wide range of support for all students here at Strathclyde. Get all the information you need at Strathlife.

Interested in undertaking a postgraduate research degree at Strathclyde?

Read our step-by-step guide on how to submit your application.

How to apply
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We strongly advise you contact one or more potential supervisors or the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr Marc Obonsawin, before completing the online application. Please click on the ‘Supervisors’ tab above for further information.

Entry Requirements

MPhil & PhD

You require to have a first-class or upper second-class UK Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in Psychology or a similar discipline.

Normally, the majority of our MPhil and PhD students have completed a Masters degree in Psychology after their Honours degree.

If English isn't your first language, you'll also need to have a recent UKVI recognised Secure English Language Test (SELT) qualification.


You'll need to be a practising educational psychologist when you're planning to join this programme. Your application must be supported by the Principal Educational Psychologist of the service you're working in.

The application

During the application you'll be asked for the following:

  • your full contact details
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
  • two references, one of which must be academic
  • funding or scholarship information
  • research proposal of 1,500-2,000 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated

By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.


You'll need to identify your research supervisor before you finalise your application, preferably as soon as possible. When you've identified a potential supervisor, based on how well your research interests match theirs, drop them an email to introduce yourself. In the email, make sure you attach a draft of your research proposal along with a copy of your CV. Don't worry about how rough your research proposal may be at this stage – you'll have help from the School of Psychological Sciences and Health to refine it.

If your chosen supervisor is available to work with you, they'll confirm this and nominate a potential second supervisor. As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.

When you accept our offer, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.

Accepting an offer

When you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we ask.

UK or EU students

If you're applying as a Scottish, UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.

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Contact us


Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 2700


Graham Hills Building, 40 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1QE