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Course summary

The research degree programme aims to provide students with an outstanding learning experience in a supportive community of learning. The department is known nationally and internationally for excellence in research and teaching and all of its staff are engaged in conducting their own research. Information on staff research interests and achievements can be found on the Departmental web pages. Although the Department of Psychology is relatively new at the University, it already has a thriving research culture among its staff and students and an active research centre, the POWER Centre (People & Well-being in the Everyday Research), through which it interacts with external individuals and organisations. The POWER Centre enables psychologists and counsellors to work together on projects and help increase the impact of research through professional practice. In addition, the Centre is developing a range of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activities of use to those in the workplace within the aegis of a strategic agenda to approach local and regional commercial, business and public sector organisations for funding, research, and consultancy. Psychological studies have gained increasing importance across a wide range of activities, including human resources, education, sport, social care and the creative industries. Recent projects have included collaboration with the local NHS Hospital Trust and consultancy for Lloyds Pharmacy and the Department for Work and Pensions. The main aims of the programme are: a) the creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research or other advanced scholarship, or of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline and merit publication; b) a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of the academic discipline; c) the general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project design in the light of unforeseen problems; d) a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry appropriate to the discipline. e) maximising the impact of our research, scholarship, and interventions. f) the development of research-based practical interventions that promote self-managed everyday wellbeing.


The award is assessed through submission of a written thesis or equivalent for practice based disciplines and an oral examination with a panel of examiners (viva voce). The viva is compulsory for PhD.

Assessment method


Entry requirements

Degree or degree-equivalent qualification.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5With no element lower than 5.5
PTE Academic58

For more detail about our English language requirements, including details of the University's Summer Pre-Sessional English language courses, see our website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £4820 Year 1
EU £15088 Year 1
England £4820 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4820 Year 1
Scotland £4820 Year 1
Wales £4820 Year 1
Channel Islands £4820 Year 1
International £15088 Year 1

Additional fee information

Nominal Registration (Writing Up - 6 months after completion) £375
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