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How to Apply

The Department of Psychology strongly welcomes applications from groups that are historically under-represented in academia, e.g. ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQI+ community, disabled persons, first-generation students, etc., and encourages potential applicants from such groups to reach out if they have any queries or concerns about studying for a PhD.

More information on the department's commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion can be found on our website.

For guidance on applying to our postgraduate research programmes, please see the below:

  • The first step in your application is to check that you meet the entry requirements.
  • The second step in your application is to identify a suitable member of academic staff to supervise research in your chosen area. We only take postgraduate students to whom we can offer expert research supervision.
  • When you have identified the member of staff whose interests most overlap with your own, it is a good idea to email that person directly. Be sure to contact only one or two potential supervisors – please do NOT email every member of staff.

    In your email, you might include information such as: a short description of the topic you are interested in, how you might conduct research in this area, and a brief CV, including details of research experience (e.g., undergraduate projects).

    The potential supervisor should reply and let you know whether they are interested in supervising the project and whether they have the resources to do so.

    Please be aware that, while applications made without the support of a potential supervisor will be considered and attempts will be made to find someone appropriate, these applications stand a much higher chance of being rejected. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure they have the support of a potential supervisor before making a formal application to avoid potential disappointment.

  • The next step in your application is to produce a short proposal of approximately 5 pages detailing the research that you would like to pursue. This may be developed in collaboration with your potential supervisor. The proposal is an extremely important part of the application process and should clearly state the research question, supported by evidence from the literature, along with the theoretical importance of the topic and the methodology to be used. General guidance on writing a research proposal can be found here.
  • The final step is to submit your application online: opens in a new window. In addition to the online form, your application MUST include your research proposal, and two academic references.

Further Guidance on applying for a postgraduate degree can be found on the central University's PG Admissions pages