Psychiatry PhD

Psychiatry PhD Qualification name
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MSc (by research)/MPhil/PhD/DM
MSc (by research) 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time; MPhil 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time; PhD/DM 3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (upper second class honours degree or international equivalent) in a relevant subject and a masters at pass level. All applications will be considered individually on their own merits. Applications from candidates who do not hold a 2:1 (or equivalent) first degree will be considered at the discretion of the postgraduate research academic team.
7.0 (no lower than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
October, December, February, April, July
Medical School
Other requirements



We have research strengths in child and adolescent mental health, translational neuroimaging, old age psychiatry, forensic mental health, personality disorder, epidemiology of psychosis and mood disorders.

We welcome applications for a PhD in a variety of research areas.

For more detailed information about the research opportunities we offer, please see relevant topics under ‘Find a supervisor’ and also relevant research groups and centres under the ‘Research’ link on the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology homepage.



Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre

Based in the Medical School, this Centre is a dedicated space exclusively for postgraduate students and postdocs to relax, and a venue where you can find out as much or as little as you like about your career options. Newspapers, tea and coffee and comfy chairs are on offer. 

There is an events calendar, social events to create an early researcher community within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, and careers based seminars so you can find out what's out there and how to go about achieving your goals. 

The MHSGC produces an approximately monthly newsletter, with information about activities at the Centre.  

Research support

The Faculty Postgraduate Training Programme

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences provides the opportunity for all full and part-time research students to undertake some element of formal training.

The training offered is congruent with Research Council guidelines and is a requirement of The University of Nottingham Postgraduate Studies Committee. This training encourages the development of interpersonal skills (eg, the ability to communicate research ideas effectively), personal skills (eg, the ability to manage your time effectively), in addition to more specific skills that relate to research methods.

The Graduate School Training Programme

The Graduate School provides a focus for postgraduate education. The Graduate School runs a large series of generic and specific courses aimed at postgraduate students at all stages of their research degree programme. Certain Graduate School courses form part of the Faculty Postgraduate training programme.

School-based training

Research students, after discussion with their supervisors, and with their written approval, may apply to attend postgraduate taught modules relevant to their research which are offered by any of the School of Medicine's postgraduate courses. 

Other sources of support 

A number of other University support services also exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Student's Association (PGSA) are a particularly important source of support.


Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. Use our search to find a supervisor whose expertise matches your own research interests.

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

There is a range of funding opportunities available annually for research students. It is important to find the right scheme because not all students are eligible to apply for every funding competition. 

Scholarship opportunities are available for students from the UK. These schemes are funded by central government and administered via the Research Councils and the Department of Health. 

From time to time, the school advertises PhD scholarship opportunities. Details of these are advertised on the University's Human Resources 'Studentships' pages. 

The University Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research. The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding 

The Graduate School also holds a list of other sources of fundingStudentship opportunities are also available. 

Government loans for doctoral study

Doctoral student loans of up to £25,700 are available for PhDs and equivalent research programmes. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or Wales.

Funded routes to PhD

Apply for a studentship

A studentship is a fully funded research place in a specific area. The process is similar to applying for a job and the advert will give specific details of how to do this.

Explore doctoral training programmes

If you choose a doctoral training programme, you will benefit from high-level research and skills training, with places often funded by research councils or charitable trusts. Each opportunity has a different application process and deadlines.

International and EU students

Research scholarships are available for outstanding international and EU students. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure you apply for your course with enough time.

We also provide information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study, as well as country-specific resources.





Average starting salary and career progression

In 2017, 95.7% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The median starting salary was £28,625 with the highest being £76,001.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates, 2016/17. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

The Graduate Market 2013–2019, High Fliers Research



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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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