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Fees and Funding

Here's the fees and funding information for each year of this course

Overview

Studying for a PhD with UEL's School of Psychology will push you to the limit - and you'll be supported all the way by our world-class academic staff.

The School of Psychology has a thriving research community, with a strong tradition of theoretical and applied research. Our research integrates cross-disciplinary expertise from experimental, developmental, health, clinical and social psychology.

Current research is grouped into six clusters: cognition and neuroscience, developmental psychology, drugs and addictive behaviours, health promotion and behaviour, psychology and social change, and the psychology of education.

What makes this course different

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62% of research rated 'World-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF, 2014)

We are also 1st in the UK for 'impact' of research, beating the likes of Oxford and Cambridge.

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82% of students felt their research skills developed during their course

Postgraduate students score our academic staff highly in terms of support and the quality of their teaching.

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£170 million invested in our facilities

We've invested £170 million in new buildings and facilities, including our £14 million new library in Stratford.

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50 years of experience

We're one of the oldest and largest psychology departments in the country, with over 50 years' experience of teaching.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

UEL offers two main research degrees: Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

 

PhD via MPhil

The most popular course is the PhD via MPhil. A PhD is an original and distinct contribution to the knowledge of the field of study. It is often essential for those wishing to follow an academic or research career in industry or commerce. PhD research can be carried out in all subject areas.

All Postgraduate Research students are supervised by at least two research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews.

The PhD via MPhil course normally takes a minimum of 36 months (full-time) 60 months (part-time) to complete. Students enrolled in full-time mode of study will transfer from the MPhil to a PhD usually at the two year stage or equivalent for part-time study.

MPhil

The Masters of Philosophy (MPhil) is a Master's level research degree programme which takes a minimum of 24 months (full-time) 48 months (part-time) to complete.

All Postgraduate Research students are supervised by at least two research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews.

PhD direct 

A PhD direct is aimed at postgraduate students who already have an MPhil (Masters of Philosophy) or MRes (Masters by Research) qualification, and takes a minimum of 36 months (full-time) 60 months (part-time) to complete.

All Postgraduate Research students are supervised by at least two research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews.

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This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.

MODULES

HOW YOU'LL LEARN

Research proposal

Research proposals give us a better understanding of the area you want to study for an MPhil, PhD via MPhil or PhD Direct course.

Before you write your research proposal you should contact a potential Director of Studies (DoS) for your PhD. Details of potential supervisors are found under our research group listings. You should involve your potential DoS in writing your proposal, and make sure that you name your potential DoS in the application.  

To find out more about how to write your research proposal, see our research proposal guidance. It is crucial that your proposal contains clearly defined research objectives, hypotheses and methodology. You should also include a literature review to describe how your research will advance knowledge in this area, and a timescale for your research. Your proposed Director of Studies will also be involved in evaluating your research proposal.

HOW YOU'LL BE ASSESSED

PhD via MPhil

At the end of your PhD, you will be required to submit an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.

MPhil

At the end of your MPhil, you will be required to submit a 40,000 word thesis which outlines your research findings. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.

PhD direct

At the end of your PhD, you will be required to submit an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

Dr Helen Murphy

Helen is a Social Psychologist in the School of Psychology at the University of East London.

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YOUR FUTURE CAREER

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.