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Psychology, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) ,
Psychology houses extensive facilities including several eyetrackers, EEG recording equipment, an fMRI simulator, celspot recording equipment and a suite of dedicated computers running experimental software. Students at The University of Edinburgh additionally have access to excellent computer and video facilities which service laboratories designed for research with adults, children and infants.

About

  • Psychology postgraduate students typically receive formal research training through assessed courses.
  • You will be assigned at least two supervisors who provide expert academic guidance on your research. Each student is assigned to a research group, each of which hosts a regular programme of research activities.
  • Many PhD students will gain undergraduate teaching experience, for which you will be given training and mentoring.

Developmental Science

Research in the Developmental Science group examines how different developmental factors interact across the lifespan, from before birth into adolescence and old age. The group comprises a diverse but well-integrated set of researchers, with expertise in cognitive, social and linguistic development, differential psychology and genetics, and computational modelling.

Human Cognitive Neuroscience

This research group comprises academics with core interests in memory, attention, executive function, visual memory, sensory integration and perceptuo-motor control in both normally functioning adults and people with neurological disorders. The group uses traditional behavioural measures, neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI and ERP, eye-tracking, motion tracking, computational modelling and clinical assessment.

Language, Cognition and Communication

The Language, Cognition and Communication Research Group is internationally recognised for its work on the psychology of language. We have wide expertise in such areas as spoken and written comprehension, production, dialogue, bilingualism, language development, and the cognitive neuroscience of language.

Differential Psychology

The Differential Psychology group examines how thinking, behaviour and feelings differ from person to person, attempting to understand their psychological similarities and how psychological characteristics vary. Research includes the psychometric structure of intelligence; genetic and environmental effects on intelligence differences; associations between intelligence and information processing speed; and brain imaging and intelligence

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The Psychology unit is rapidly establishing itself as a centre of excellence for interdisciplinary research. We host four major research groups:
  • Developmental Science
  • Human Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Language, Cognition and Communication
  • Differential Psychology
We also have strengths in the supervision of projects in history and theory of psychology, social psychology and visual cognition.

        English Language Requirements

        • Minimum required score:

          7

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        • Minimum required score:

          100

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        Academic Requirements

        You need the following GPA score:

        Required score: Upper Second Class

        Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class 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 UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a related subject.

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          19000 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 19000 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 fees have still to be agreed

        PhD part-time fees

        • Overseas: £9,500

        Living costs for Edinburgh

        • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
          Living Costs

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

        Funding

        • Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships
        • Research Scholarships for international students

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