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Psychology research degrees

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Our programmes

We are proud of our strong and consistent research record in Psychology. In the last assessment of our research quality - the Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2014 - 70% of our research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Our research investigates a broad range of psychological processes from the measurement of brain activity to the investigation of individual and group behaviour, from infancy to old age. This research makes a difference in the real world and influences policy and practice in education, sport and the work place. Our research is centred on three main themes; cognition, cognitive and clinical neuroscience, and health and applied psychology.

We offer three types of research degrees; PhD, MRes and MSc by Research. During the three-year PhD (five years part-time), you will research and write a 100,000 word thesis on a topic in which we are able to offer supervision. On the MRes, you will be assessed by a 30,000 word dissertation. You’ll also complete some taught modules, which will be assessed by a variety of methods, including computer-based assessments, essay and examination.The main focus of the MSc by Research is a 50,000 word dissertation, alongside one taught module.

Research

We are a large and diverse department that can offer project supervision in many areas of Psychology. If you are interested in doing an MRes or a PhD project with us, please have a look at the list below for guidance about the research areas in which the department can offer supervision.

Initial inquiries should be made to the member of staff whom you would like to supervise your research.

Cognition and Neuroscience

Social and Developmental Psychology

Health and Well-being

  • The role of memory and future thinking in psychological well-being; the role of memory and future thinking in psychological distress and chronic health conditions.
    Staff: Dr Rachel Anderson
  • Numerical cognition and eating disorders; numerical cognition in blind people.
    Staff: Dr Julie Castronovo
  • The role of the arts in health; evaluation of psychological services; military mental health.
    Staff: Dr Kim Dent-Brown
  • Normal and pathological ageing and metacognition including memory, attention, problem solving and language; the effects of exercise on cognition in the elderly.
    Staff: Dr Chiara Guerrini
  • Addiction; ingestion; health psychology.
    Staff: Prof Richard Hammersley
  • Itch; psychological modulation of itch; interaction of itch and pain using neurocognitive (EEG, TMS, fMRI, resting state connectivity) as well as behavioural methods.
    Staff: Dr Henning Holle
  • Placebo and nocebo effects in patients, GPs, and the general population; hypnosis; memory and metacognition in epilepsy patients.
    Staff: Prof Giuliana Mazzoni
  • Eating disorders; food choice; interventions for and barriers to weight loss.
    Staff: Prof Marie Reid
  • Determinants of quality of life in various professions, in various patient groups, and in various age groups (gender, coping, social support, marital relationships, personality, job stress, post-trauma stress); disorder-specificity of cognitive distortions; personality and psychopathology.
    Staff: Prof Jörg Richter
  • Cardiovascular psychophysiology; effects of psychological processes and personality in predicting health behaviours; psychological stress and resilience.
    Staff: Dr Felix Why

Please contact us to enquire about these areas.

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Research options

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)

MRes: 1 year (full-time)

MSc by Research: 1 year (full-time)

Fees

Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £15,300 (full-time)

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all Psychology research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

Next steps

Funding

The University of Hull is part of the ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership - a collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York, Sheffield Hallam, Hull, Bradford and Manchester Metropolitan University - and through this is able to offer a range of ESRC Postgraduate Scholarships for the following projects:

Entry requirements

Honours degree in Psychology or allied discipline (2:1 or above)

International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Discover

Psychology has a strong and consistent research record. In the last assessment of our research quality (REF2014), 70% of our research was rated as 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent'.

Our research investigates a broad range of psychological processes from the measurement of brain activity to the investigation of individual and group behaviour, from infancy to old age. This research makes a difference in the real world and influences policy and practice in education, sport and the workplace.