We strongly advise you contact one or more potential supervisors or the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr William McGeown (firstname.lastname@example.org), before completing the online application. Please click on the ‘Supervisors’ tab above for further information.
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.
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. For postgraduate studies, we require a minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent (no individual test score below 5.5, the test must be taken within two years of the programme start date)
- 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.