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Psychology, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #251 (WUR) ,
The award of a PhD signifies an original and substantial contribution to knowledge that means you can be considered an expert in your field. The majority of your learning comes from ‘hands on’ experience of designing, conducting and analysing your original research, as well as from the demanding process of writing and submitting a PhD. 


At the end of your first and second years you will prepare a 10,000 word document that contains a review of relevant literature and summarises findings from your empirical work conducted in that year. You will also take part in a Post Graduate Research conference in which you make an oral presentation of this work to the Department. The submission of the 10,000 word document in particular helps you prepare for the writing of your thesis.

Students within our Department of Psychology submit a dissertation of up to 80,000 words. We take pride in our completion record with our PhD students. We achieve this, in part, by ensuring from the outset that you follow a clear path to ensure completion within three years – with specific appropriate milestones at the end of your first and second years.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

For a list of courses please visit the program's website.

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

For research study within our Department of Psychology, we normally require an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, in psychology or a relevant discipline. A well developed research proposal is also essential.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14720 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14720 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    4630 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4630 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Colchester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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