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PhD School of Psychology DTP Studentship

Course overview

Start date

September 2018

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Course summary

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.

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If you have any questions, talk to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0) 20 8223 3333 or email

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Of UEL research rated 'World-leading' or 'Internationally-excellent'

Sixty two per cent of UEL’s research was rated ‘World-leading’ or ‘Internationally excellent’, according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.


Satisfaction with quality of teaching

Postgraduate students score our academic staff highly in terms of support and the quality of their teaching - 82 per cent felt their research skills had developed during their course.

£170 million investment

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


In England for impact of research

The School of Psychology is ranked equal first in England for the impact of its research.

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

Sixty eight per cent of our psychology research was rated ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ under the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

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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).

A PhD direct is aimed at postgraduate students who already have an MPhil, MRes qualification, or and ESRC approved MA or MSc, and takes a minimum of three years of full-time study to complete.

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Fees and funding

UEL postgraduate research programmes attract the same fees per year, across all Schools.

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 a 15 per cent discount of your fees. You don’t need to apply for this - if you are eligible, it will apply automatically.

For more information please see the main DTP page.

Entry requirements

To apply for a PhD course, you should have an MPhil, MRes qualification, an ESRC approved MA or MSc, or an overseas qualification rated as equivalent. Applicants for a PhD via MPhil should have either a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution, or an overseas qualification rated as equivalent.

Language requirements

If English is not your first language, you will have to satisfy our English language requirements for postgraduate research study. The minimum requirement for a research degree is an IELTS Academic English score of 7.0 overall (minimum of 6.5 in all components). This should normally have been gained within the past two years. 

Your research proposal

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

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.

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