Doctorate in Psychology


The School of Psychology is a very stimulating environment to pursue doctoral studies.

PhD by Research

A PhD is the highest academic degree available. It normally takes three years to complete. During this time you need to demonstrate that you are able to carry out independent (though supervised) research. With a PhD you are entitled to develop your research and to supervise others. It is an absolute requirement if you want to be a lecturer in psychology in a university or if you want to receive funds to carry out your own research in different research institutes.

The entry requirements for this program are very high. It is recommended that you first complete a Masters in Psychological Research or have equivalent experience (such as having worked as a research assistant).

Overseas applicants will normally be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. For a research degree, applicants require an IELTS score of 6.5 with no element under 6.0

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Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

This is a British Psychological Society (BPS) accredited training programme leading to qualification as a Clinical Psychologist and eligibility for chartered status with the BPS. This Programme will provide you with skills in a variety of theoretical approaches, from behavioural and cognitive behavioural techniques to psychodynamic ones. It aims to promote an open-minded approach tempered with rigorous scientific evaluation of different psychological theories and their applications. The Welsh Assembly automatically funds every successful candidate (currently eight per annum).

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Postdoctorate Studies

Opportunities for postdoctorate studies mostly come from postdoctoral funding schemes and individual researchers' grants. Researchers within the School of Psychology are of the highest calibre and conduct research of international standing. Soon after a research grant is awarded, principal investigators advertise for postgraduate positions generally spanning one to three years. If you are interested in the specific area of research of a member of staff, the best thing is to approach them directly and discuss funding opportunities with him or her.