School of Psychology

PhD by research

psychology research

A PhD typically lasts either three or four years, and can take a variety of formats depending upon doctoral programme followed. All programmes allocate three years for individual doctoral-level research projects but each route has tailored taught and training components.
  • Candidates who are self-funding or who are funded through schemes limited to three years of financial support will generally be offered a three year PhD programme
  • Candidates funded through the Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTC will generally follow a one year MSc in Social Science Research Methods followed by three years as a PhD student (1+3). However, candidates who already have this or an equivalent qualification or part of the qualification may be offered a three year or three and a half year programme
  • Candidates who are on the MGS ESRC DTC Digital Society pathway will be on a four year programme
  • Candidates who enter through the BBSRC DTP are offered a four year PhD programme

Potential supervisors can advise on what options would suit you best.

Outstanding facilities

  • Dedicated laboratories for human communication, human-computer interaction, social interaction and child development
  • An extensive library of test materials
  • Observation studio with one-way mirror
  • Dedicated system for motion capture used in behaviour analysis
  • A multiple video camera rig for facial behaviour analysis
  • Wide selection of eye-tracking equipment
  • Full-motion driving simulator
  • Anechoic chamber for hearing research
  • Laboratories for work on the physiological, psychophysical and computational investigation of the visual system
  • Dedicated experimental labs for research in neuroscience, fitted with EEG and TMS facilities
  • Doctoral candidates in psychology can also gain access to the world class facilities for brain imaging (7T fMRI and MEG) at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre in the University
  • Laboratories for the study of animal behaviour through located in the University Biomedical Services Unit in the Queen's Medical Centre
  • Behavioural laboratories are equipped with state of the art skinner box and maze environments




School of Psychology

University Park
The University of Nottingham
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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