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Course summary

Students will conduct independent research into an area of psychology of their choice and produce an extended thesis with guidance from 2 academic supervisors. The School’s active research base ensures academic staff are involved in current debate and that they are up-to-date with emerging developments in psychology. Particular areas of research expertise in the School include cognitive and behavioural development, applied clinical and forensic psychology, the experience and negotiation of identity, cognitive neuroscience, visual perception and memory. As a postgraduate researcher in the School of Psychology, students will be supervised by academics with specialist knowledge of their subject area. Students will receive training in research methods and have the opportunity to contribute to the School’s seminar series. There are opportunities for exceptional students to undertake undergraduate teaching roles.


Research areas include: evolution and developmental psychology; forensic and clinical psychology; identity and psychologies; perception, action and cognition.

Assessment method

A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Entry requirements

A first of upper second class honours degree, or a Master's degree in a relevant subject.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

International £8350 Year 1
England £2344 Year 1
Scotland £2344 Year 1
Wales £2344 Year 1
Northern Ireland £2344 Year 1

Additional fee information

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission. Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable. All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment. A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required. Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Sponsorship information

All UK or EU students who already hold a University of Lincoln undergraduate degree or higher qualification will receive a 30% reduction in tuition fees when they enrol on a University of Lincoln Postgraduate research programme.

Psychology - Research Opportunites at University of Lincoln - UCAS