Mphil Phd Psychology
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.
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.
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.
Invested in our facilities
We’ve invested £170 million in new buildings and facilities, including our £14 million new library in Stratford.
Years of experience
We’re one of the oldest and largest psychology departments in the
country, with over 50 years’ experience of teaching.
What we're researching
Major areas of research within the School of Psychology include: cognition and neuroscience, developmental psychology, drugs and addictive behaviours, health promotion and behaviour, psychology and social change, and the psychology of education.
Making a difference
UEL is one of the UK’s leading modern research universities. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), 17 per cent of our overall research submission was classified as ‘world-leading’ for its quality and impact – almost double our previous REF score. A further 45 per cent of our work was considered ‘internationally excellent’.
What you'll study
UEL offers two main research degrees: Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
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 - normally over three years.
PhD and MPhil students are supervised by one or more research-active staff. Your supervisors will support your programme of research through regular meetings and reviews.
At the end of your PhD, you’ll write an 80,000-word thesis, summarising your research. You will then have to undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.
The PhD via MPhil course normally takes a minimum of 33 months to complete. It involves two years of study, followed by an application to transfer from the MPhil to a PhD, when the quality of your research is assessed. You can then go on to do a full PhD.
Fees and funding
UEL postgraduate research programmes attract the same fees per year, across all Schools.
Some postgraduate research programmes may charge additional ‘bench fees’ of up to £6,000 - mainly for laboratory based programmes.
There is a write-up fee of £900 (with £450 rebate for handing in thesis within first 6 months of write-up phase).
If you are a UEL alumnus enrolling on an MPhil or PhD programme, you are eligible for up to 15 per cent discount of your fees. You don’t need to apply for this - if you are eligible, it will apply automatically.
Your 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.
You don’t have to follow a predetermined structure when writing your proposal, but it’s 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 important elements include: relevant academic literature, how your research will advance knowledge in this area, and a possible methodology. You should also include a timescale for your research.
To find out more about how to write your research proposal, see our research proposal guidance.