How to apply
Many of our doctoral candidate arrive in the School of Psychology having applied directly to Doctoral Training Programmes within University of Nottingham. Candidates can also apply directly to the School of Psychology but any School funding opportunities are highly competitive.
All candidates should have, or expect to gain, a good honours degree (usually at least an upper second class degree) either in Psychology or in a subject relevant to the chosen research area.
We welcome applicants from the EU and Overseas who have a good first degree in Psychology or a related discipline and who are fluent in English (the equivalent of at least a British Council IELTS score of 6.5 with at least a 6.0 in each component or a TOEFL score of 600 including the written test).
Applicants should note that good language skills are essential for success.
Candidates should identify a topic of research, which falls within the interests and expertise of a School of Psychology supervisor. You should contact a potential supervisor about your proposal before you submit an application for a PhD place. You will find specific suggestions or general fields within which members of staff would wish to supervise projects on the PhD Supervisors page. Supervisors are often happy to discuss alternative projects within their domain of expertise. If you cannot identify a supervisor then please contact the Postgraduate Manager.
School of Psychology
The University of Nottingham
Phone: 0115 84 68577
Fax: 0115 951 5324
The online application form allows you to provide a personal statement, indicating why you want to do a PhD and a brief description of what you want to study. In addition, we encourage you to prepare a short research statement (maximum 2 pages, at least 11pt font, with a maximum 1 further page for references) and email this to the Postgraduate Manager (address above). This proposal should describe the field of research in which you are interested, include one or more examples of specific research questions in the topic, and an indication of how these questions would be addressed. You should discuss this aspect of your application with your potential supervisor who can help you develop the proposal.
All short-listed applicants will be asked to come for interview. Although we would prefer to conduct interviews in person, telephone/skype interviews can be arranged where travel to Nottingham in this period is impractical.
If you hope to obtain a studentship for your study please make sure that this is clear on your application. After your interview, we will decide whether we can offer you a PhD place, and the University will write to you directly informing you about this. This decision is independent of any decisions in relation to funding.
Applications cannot be fully processed until references have been received. Sealed references should be returned with the research statement and the application form to:
The Graduate School
The University of Nottingham
Applications should be made through the main University of Nottingham online application system.
Applications for October 2019 will open in October 2018. The application deadline is 1st March 2019. However, some doctoral training programmes and funding schemes have earlier deadlines. The postgraduate manager can advise on these. Candidates who are self-funding or who already have or are applying for external funding are welcome to contact us at any point in the academic year.
Candidates who wish to apply for the VC-International award (closing date 8th March) need to have been offered a place for October 2019 prior to submitting their application. Doctoral candidates need to submit their application to the School through the University online application system by the 1st February to be considered for this award.