48 months
18800 GBP/year
5360 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Supervision for PhD Psychology within the Department of Psychology from University of Essex is available in the fields of cognitive psychology, sensory and cognitive neuroscience, and social psychology.  

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You study in a stimulating and vibrant research environment, and we provide excellent research facilities. In general, our PhD students enjoy the same access to neuroscience and other research equipment as our academic staff, and access to our research participant pool, which is essential for your experimental research.

On the Psychology from University of Essex you also benefit from the supportive supervision given by our staff, and the friendly and collegiate atmosphere provided by fellow students. 

This ensures that we have an exemplary record in supporting our PhD students to produce high quality theses within three years.

Your future

  • With the skills and knowledge you acquire from studying within our Department of Psychology, you will find yourself in demand from a wide range of employers. 
  • Our graduates have been employed in clinical psychology, educational psychology, criminal and forensic psychology.

Programme Structure


  • 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.
  • To help in this process, you attend several taught courses in your first year and all our research students are required to undertake postgraduate research training modules as part of their studies.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 84 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in psychology or a related subject. A well-developed research proposal is also essential.
  • You will normally be required to attend an interview/Skype interview for acceptance, and acceptance is subject to research expertise in the department.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18800 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    5360 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5360 GBP per year during 48 months.


  • Home/UK fee: £2,680
  • International fee: £8,115

Living costs for Colchester

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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