The School provides excellent research opportunities, based on the expertise of its staff and state of the art research facilities, combined with a student centred supportive and nurturing environment, this enables its research students to fully achieve their research and career aspirations.
You can look forward to being supervised to the highest standards by academics who are world-class researchers. The School has 33 staff and research is organised into 4 clusters:
You will be a member of the relevant cluster and attend its discussions and interact with a range of staff from visiting international academics, through research fellows on grants to other PhD students.
A recent £2.5m investment in facilities has provided the School with exceptional facilities and state of the art equipment. New laboratories within the School enable cutting edge research to be undertaken and, with excellent technical and IT support, enable the boundaries of inquiry to be extended by researchers. Moreover the School has excellent links with local Schools, Hospitals and Health Care Trusts, and Government bodies enabling research to be undertaken in these organisations.
You will be part of a large postgraduate contingent within the School, with around 35 other PhD students, 50 students on postgraduate professional courses in clinical and educational psychology, and a further 10-20 students undertaking new taught postgraduate Masters courses in Political Psychology and Atypical Child Development.
During your studies you will be supported by your supervisors (the University appoints 2 supervisors for each student) as well as your cluster’s Research Director. The Postgraduate Research Tutor is a point of contact in the School for all research students, provides general advice and pastoral care. A training programme is agreed at the start of your research to provide the necessary skills and development to successfully complete your research. Part of this will be provided by the School of Psychology through specialised in-house training courses and part by the University’s postgraduate skills programme. Skills will be provided for both your PhD research and to enable you to achieve your career aspirations after you complete your studies.
The graduates from our research programme have an excellent employment record. They go on to obtain postdoctoral research fellowships, lectureships, research posts in government and charities, and to enter a variety of other career pathways where the skills honed through study for your PhD are a distinct advantage.