36 months
23900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


As an internationally renowned research department we have a vibrant community of research postgraduates. The Psychology programme is offered by University of York.


We offer full-time and part-time research degrees leading to MPhil and PhD qualifications in all areas of research covered by members of faculty. In Psychology, we offer a PhD in Psychology and a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. In addition to the core programme, we also offer a PhD in Psycholinguistics jointly with Education and Language and Linguistic Sciences. In collaboration with CITY College University of York Europe Campus, we offer a York-CITY Collaborative PhD in Psychology with PhD students based at CITY College, Thessaloniki, Greece.

The Psychology programme from University of York provide a stimulating yet supportive atmosphere, combined with access to superb research facilities. Our research postgraduates work closely with leading researchers in their chosen field and their projects are often published in top international journals.


We are proud of the extremely high completion rate (98%) we have for our PhD students: one indicator of our excellent supervision system.

When our research students graduate, most take up lectureships and postdoctoral research positions in leading institutions worldwide, whilst others choose to apply their skills and knowledge outside academia and successfully pursue careers in health or industry. 

Programme Structure

  • As well as starting their research, first year graduate students attend training sessions designed to enhance their research skills and broad knowledge of psychology. 
  • Students pursuing a PhD in Psychology complete 1 module in their first year (unless already completed in an ESRC-accredited masters programme): Practical skills in experimental, cognitive and social psychology
  • Throughout these courses students attend the weekly research seminars in the Department of Psychology which include a 'meet the speaker' event. 
  • Students can also attend any relevant final-year undergraduate and MSc courses to enhance their knowledge and skills in specific areas of interest. There are also academic tools sessions covering grant and CV writing as well as interview skills. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The first step in applying is to establish if there is a member of faculty with research interests that overlap with yours who could offer you supervision. 
  • We offer supervision in a wide number of areas of Psychological research, but please look at the research and faculty webpages to see the research interests of individual faculty members. 
  • Please note that emeritus faculty cannot offer primary supervision. Once you have identified a potential supervisor, please email them to discuss your application and proposed area of research. 
  • We expect applicants to formulate a research proposal as part of the application in partnership with their potential supervisor (see more details below). Please do not apply to our department if there is nobody here who is appropriate to supervise work in the area you wish to pursue.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23900 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • International/EU Part-time: £11,950

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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