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MPhil/PhD in Psychology (2022 Entry)

About this research graduate course

Course overview

Our postgraduate research degree (MPhil/PhD) in Psychology is awarded for a thesis reporting original research by a student under the supervision of, typically, two members of staff. Very occasionally, the department is also able to take on a student undertaking a PhD by Published Work.

Our programme can enable postgraduate training for a career as an academic researcher, but also serves as excellent preparation for a career as a professional psychologist (e.g., clinical, organisational, or school psychologist), or as a consultant or professional in different fields of industry.

In addition to subject-related knowledge, a Psychology research degree provides valuable transferable skills in data analysis and management, written and oral communication, teamwork and time management.

PhD students are initially registered for an MPhil (PhD Track) with the expectation that their registration will be upgraded to the full PhD contingent upon satisfactory progress. Such upgrades normally take place at the first annual review 9-12 months into your studies (18–24 months for part-time students).

Teaching and learning

All our postgraduate research students are strongly encouraged to engage with the Departmental and University-wide advanced training offered. Such training opportunities will be discussed with supervisors and will form part of the annual review process.

Our postgraduate research students are also offered an opportunity to gain teaching and marking experience during the course of their doctoral studies.


General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Psychology or a related subject.


English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.


Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Our research

Behavioural Science

  • Economic and consumer psychology
  • Judgement, risk and decision-making
  • Psychology and the law
  • Computational modelling of human behaviour
  • Attention, visual processing and emotional processing
  • Folk economics, inequality, and behavioural political science

Language and Learning

  • Reading; word recognition
  • Computational approaches to language processing
  • Historical language change
  • Structure of the lexicon across life-span
  • Big Data research on language
  • Language and gesture development in infants and children
  • Second language learning
  • Language learning and change
  • Gesture and non-verbal communication in adults and children
  • Development of social cognition
  • Animal (e.g., orangutangs, chimpanzees, birds) communication and cognition
  • Language evolution
  • Sleep and language learning
  • Socio-economic status and child language development
  • Language development and socio-economic status

Lifespan Health and Wellbeing

  • Longitudinal epidemiology
  • Experimental psychology and clinical studies, with common interests in the factors that determine and/or the mechanisms that underlie healthy living
  • Child and adolescent development and ageing
  • Mental health, sleep and pain
  • Disaster recovery
  • Culture, relationships, beliefs, personality, and well-being

Full details of our research interests are listed on the Psychology web pages.

You can also read our general University research proposal guidance.

Find a supervisor

Find your supervisor using the link below and discuss with them the area you'd like to research.

Explore our Psychology Research Directory where you will be able to filter by research group.

You can also see our general University guidance about finding a supervisor.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Taught course fees  Research course fees


Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.


Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

Scholarships and bursaries

Funding routes available

Find out about the many different funding routes available for postgraduate study at Warwick.

Living costs

Find out more about the cost of living as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.

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Psychology at Warwick

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Find out more about us on our website.


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