A PhD is the entry point into academic research and teaching. It also provides a wonderful opportunity to conduct a substantial world class research project of your own over a period of three years.
The School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham offers an ideal academic environment for pursuing a higher degree by research, either full-time or part-time. Postgraduate students undertake an extended programme of experimental research in psychology with two members of our academic staff as supervisors (one primary supervisor and one secondary supervisor).
All students benefit from research training modules, both delivered within the School and through the Graduate School. This formal training element is designed not only to provide students with the necessary skills in research, but also to equip them with transferable skills in writing, oral presentation and the use of information technology. The formal training element can be tailored to the needs of individual students.
There are currently about 10-15 students registering for research degrees in the School each year, providing the opportunities for cross fertilisation of ideas and peer to peer support that arise naturally in a large cohort of doctoral candidates. To promote the research atmosphere there are two Psychology Research Seminars each week (one for talks given by researchers from Nottingham, and one for talks by visiting external speakers), and there are additional research seminars and reading groups arranged by individual research groups.
As well as conducting world-class research, PhD students are encouraged to disseminate their findings in journal articles and conference presentations.
- Towards the end of their first year of research PhD students present their findings and future plans at a Postgraduate Poster Evening.
- In the second year of research PhD students give a 20 minute talk at the Postgraduate Conference.
- In their final year of research PhD students give a 30 minute talk about their research findings as part of the School’s internal Research Seminar Series.
Funding is available for PhD students to present their research at national and international conferences over the course of their studies.