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.
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
- Attention (visual attentional capture; inhibition of return; human territorial behaviour).
Staff: Dr Mary-Ellen Large, Dr Paul Skarratt
- Language (language comprehension; gesture production and comprehension; cognitive neuroscience of language).
Staff: Dr Henning Holle, Dr Shane Lindsay
- Learning (the relationship between learning and attention; the nature of internal representations; effects of uncertainty and ambiguity; the role of numerical cognition in learning and teaching).
Staff: Dr Julie Castronovo, Dr David George
- Memory (autobiographical memory; memory and future thinking; the functions of memory; false memories; exceptional memories; eyewitness testimony; memory enhancement; sleep and memory; neural stimulation of memory).
Staff: Dr Rachel Anderson, Prof Steve Dewhurst, Dr Shane Lindsay, Prof Giuliana Mazzoni, Dr Igor Schindler
- Object and face recognition (cognitive neuroscience of object and face recognition; EEG studies of attention and emotion; visual cognition; cognitive and social processes in face recognition).
Staff: Dr Mary-Ellen Large, Dr Kazuyo Nakabayashi, Dr Igor Schindler
- Perception (auditory perception; time course of linguistic perception; effects of speaker characteristics such as age and gender; perceptual learning).
Staff: Dr David George, Dr David Smith
- Reasoning (counterfactual thinking).
Staff: Dr Kevin Riggs
Social and Developmental Psychology
- Cognitive development (action and object representation; word learning and categorisation; development of reasoning; development of numerical cognition; memory development, visual cognition in children).
Staff: Dr Julie Castronovo, Dr Shane Lindsay, Dr Emily Mather, Dr Kazuyo Nakabayashi, Dr Richard O’Connor, Dr Kevin Riggs
- Social development (autism; theory of mind).
Staff: Dr Tjeerd Jellema, Dr Kevin Riggs
- Social cognition (social attention and decision making; implicit social cognition; processing of false information; culture and exploitation; understanding gestures; person perception).
Staff: Dr Henning Holle, Dr Tjeerd Jellema, Dr Kazuyo Nakabayashi, Dr Paul Skarratt, Dr Rebecca Weil
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.
Open for admission in 2018/19
PhD: 4 years (full-time)
/ 7 years (part-time)
MRes: 1 year (full-time)
MSc by Research: 1 year (full-time)
Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-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