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We place high priority on integrating our researcher's work and interests within the teaching programme, providing students with an opportunity to learn about many theoretical and practical issues of importance in psychology today. Research within the field of Psychology may also be closely linked with Health Sciences and Social Work, Biomedical Science, Biomolecular Science and Pharmacy, Law and Criminology. 

Research Centres and Groups

  • International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology
  • Situated Action and Communication
  • Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing

The International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology has an established international reputation for conducting a broad range of criminological and forensic psychology research. The Centre comprises an impressive team of researchers and postgraduate research students. Its innovative work in forensic psychology has been a cornerstone of the Department of Psychology since 1990, delivering research at national and international level.

The Centre has at its core a commitment to studying psychological phenomena in relation to the contexts and situations in which they emerge. Its work covers a multitude of areas such as developmental psychology, animal behaviour, understanding of object functions, autism and psycholinguistics. It also covers a multitude of methods such as naturalistic observations, experiments, conversation analysis, cross-cultural studies, and longitudinal studies.

The Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology aims to better understand human and animal behaviour and cognition through comparison with other animals, and through consideration of evolutionary processes. Its members are active research scientists, and they collaborate with international scientists and animal institutions, including zoos, international primate research centres, field stations and sanctuaries. More recently, it is now also an important centre for the study of the behaviour of dogs.

The main focus of the Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing Research Group is to enhance our diverse experiences of life. Our main research topics are: Enhancing quality of life at work, Empowering people with learning disabilities, Empowering people with Autism, Enhancing life in later years, Enhancing student experience and learning success, Enhancing human-environment interactions, Multisensory perception, Exploring techniques for enhancing wellbeing.


One of the benefits of studying at Portsmouth is the comprehensive support we provide in career planning. Our careers and recruitment service - Purple Door - can assist you in career research and finding employment opportunities. 

The Graduate School Development Programme offers a series of dedicated workshops on career planning, specifically for research degree students. You will also have access to consultations with careers advisers or online support. This service is available for five years after graduation.

Doctoral graduates are highly-skilled researchers that make an impact in a range of sectors. They benefit from high employment rates and, on average, earn more than holders of undergraduate and Masters degrees. A doctorate demonstrates to employers that you are intelligent, capable and motivated, and that you have advanced technical and research skills.

In addition to supervision from experts in the field, you will be supported to become an internationally employable doctoral graduate. You will also develop skills that are desirable to employers including critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Research areas:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Situated Action and Communication
  • Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a master's degree in an appropriate subject, with relevant research methods. 
  • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
  •  All applicants are subject to interview.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4260 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 p/a
  • International part-time students: £7,550 p/a

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 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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