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 & PhD Psychology

You can study either an MPhil or a PhD in Psychology 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.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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  • 2023/24: £4,712
  • 2022/23: £4,596
England, Wales & Northern Ireland
  • 2023/24: £4,712
  • 2022/23: £4,596
  • £16,050

Take a look at our funding your postgraduate research web page for funding information.

NHS employees are eligible for a 25% tuition fee reduction to study a PhD in Psychology.

You can also view our scholarships search for further funding opportunities.

Postgraduate research opportunities

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

Additional costs

International students may have associated visa and immigration costs. Please see student visa guidance for more information.

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

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.

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Name Areas of Expertise 
Louise Brown Nicholls
  • working memory and attention
  • visual cognition
  • cognitive ageing/cognition through the adult lifespan
  • 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
Megan Crawford
  • behavioural sleep medicine
  • optimising non-pharmacological treatments for sleep/wake disorders
  • behaviour change and adherence

Craig Donnachie

  • intervention development
  • qualitative research methods
  • motivation, mental health, and wellbeing
  • health behaviour change (e.g. physical activity, sedentary behaviour and diet)
  • weight management
Mark Elliott
  • applied and experimental social psychology
  • attitudes
  • social cognition models
  • habits and past behaviour
  • cognition and behaviour change interventions
Leanne Fleming 
  • relationship between insomnia and physical and mental health
  • aetiology of insomnia disorder in cancer patients
  • improving access to evidence-based, non-pharmacological interventions for insomnia
Paul Flowers
  • IPA
  • intervention development
  • process evaluation
  • behaviour change and implementation science

Christopher Graham

  • acceptance and Commitment Therapy for improving outcomes in physical and mental health conditions: Intervention development and testing
  • psychological well-being in neurological disorders
  • psychological well-being in muscular dystrophy
  • functional neurological disorders
  • treatment non-adherence
  • self-harm
Madeleine Grealy 
  • motor control
  • age-related changes in perceptuo-motor control
  • rehabilitation after stroke
  • positive psychology 
Benedict Jones
  • social perception
  • mate preferences
  • hormonal influences
  • sexual behaviour
Stephen Kelly
  • implicit learning and memory
  • skill learning
  • face recognition
  • person-centred counselling
  • cognitive psychology of religion
Xi Liu
  • mental health of international students
  • cross-cultural counselling
  • the application of different therapeutic approaches in higher education settings (e.g., mindfulness, person-centred therapy, emotion-focused therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy)
William McGeown 
  • memory
  • neuropsychiatric symptoms
  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias; normal ageing
  • hypnosis and suggestibility
  • neuroimaging and neuropsychological research methods
Mario Parra Rodriguez
  • memory, ageing and dementia
  • cognitive biomarkers for neurodegeneration (linked to EEG and MRI)
  • technologies for cognitive assessments and interventions
  • neuropsychology of ageing and dementia
Susan Rasmussen 
  • application of theoretical models of suicide and self-harm to enhance our understanding of the aetiology of self-harm and suicidal behaviours across the lifespan
  • experiences of defeat and entrapment across different groups (e.g., older adults, adolescents, LGBTQ+)
  • understanding how self-harm and suicidal thoughts begin, why they might be repeated and how we can eventually stop these
  • psychological predictors of behaviour during infectious disease epidemics
  • understanding of the ethical implications of doing research of sensitive topics
David Robertson 
  • face perception
  • face recognition
  • voice recognition
  • selective attention
  • perceptual load
  • individual differences

Kirsten Russell

  • sleep health
  • self-harm
  • mental health
  • violence
Jo Saunders
  • theories of forgetting
  • memory (odour memory, eyewitness memory, recovered memories, self-protective memory)
  • schizotypy
  • third wave psychological therapies 

Victor Shiramizu

  • evolutionary psychology
  • social decision-making
  • behavioural endocrinology
  • social perception
  • cross-cultural psychology
Dwight Tse
  • positive psychology, well-being, and mental health
  • flow experience and meaningful engagement
  • motivation and emotion across the lifespan
  • solitude and loneliness
  • volunteerism and prosocial engagement
  • ageism and intergenerational engagement
Lynn Williams
  • the behavioural and psychological aspects of infection prevention and control, with a focus on behaviour change (e.g. in relation to vaccination uptake)
  • vaccine hesitancy - barriers and facilitators to vaccine acceptance (e.g. Covid-19, influenza vaccines)
  • the influence of personality factors on health behaviours and outcomes
  • the ways in which we can use personality science to inform our design of behaviour change interventions


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

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 140 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)

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.


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.

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We strongly advise you contact one or more potential supervisors or the Postgraduate Research Director, Dr William McGeown (, 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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Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School

Telephone: +44 (0)141 548 8400


Lord Hope Building, Level 1, 141 St James Road, Glasgow, G1 0LT