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Studying for a PhD with UEL's School of Psychology will push you to the limit - and our world-class academic staff will support you.

The School of Psychology has a thriving research community with a solid theoretical and applied research tradition. Our research integrates cross-disciplinary expertise in a wide array of topics related to positive psychology and coaching psychology.


Home student closing application dates for February 2022 Entry
The closing date for February 2022 entry is Wednesday 1 December 2021. This allows us to process applications in good time and arrange interview panels before enrolment by February 2022.

If you are an international student, please contact the International office and visit How to apply. For general enquires related to the PhD in Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology, please contact Dr Andrea Giraldez-Hayes

What makes this course different

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62% 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.


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 organisations. PhD research can be carried out in all subject areas.


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



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 course usually takes a minimum of 36 months (full-time) or 60 months (part-time) to complete.

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.


Research proposals give us a better understanding of the area you want to study for a PhD.

You don't have to follow a predetermined structure when writing your proposal. Still, it is a good idea to include a title that describes the aims and scope of your research and information on how your ideas fit in with the research interests of UEL.

Other essential elements include relevant academic literature, how your research will advance knowledge in this area, and a possible methodology. You should also have a timescale for your research.

To find out more about how to write your research proposal, see our research proposal guidance.


Stratford Campus

Stratford Campus, Water Lane, Stratford


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.

What we're researching


Some areas of research related to Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology within the School of Psychology include existential positive psychology interventions, personal growth, the integration of positive psychology and coaching, arts and psychological wellbeing, creativity in positive psychology and coaching, positive education and coaching in education, health and wellbeing. 


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