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International: £12,500 per year
- Study in a department which achieved 2 and 3* outputs in the last Research Excellence Framework.
- Undertake research with academic support across most areas of psychology.
- Harness expertise in qualitative and quantitative approaches to your study.
With around 28 PhD students and a thriving research community, this course within the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics offers specialist facilities (including EEg equipment, Eye-trackers, a large cognitive test library, retinal imaging equipment, EPrime, and transcranial stimulation equipment) to help you undertake original research into topics including cognitive neuroscience, health psychology, sports doping, vision and aesthetics and peace discourses.
How you learn
Your supervisory team will include a Director of Studies and one or more second supervisors with expertise and interest in your research area. However, much of the work for your degree will be carried out independently, and you will need the initiative, motivation and commitment to succeed.
Your supervisors help you to define your research programme, agree any associated training requirements, and provide direction while encouraging you to develop as an independent researcher. You're supported by skills training workshops, research projects, student forums integrated by your departmental postgraduate tutor lead.
Course leaders and tutors
You will be part of the University's community of researchers, with the opportunity to attend and/or contribute to a range of discipline, faculty and University-wide presentations, training and conferences. We will expect you to also attend relevant subject and topic specific conferences beyond the University.
The department has regular staff and student led activities each year on specific topics associated with research identified by PhD students. We organise monthly Research Breakfast that encompass a wide range of topics including, 'how to publish,' and offer a friendly and supportive environment to discuss research. We also offer awards to our students bi-annually to reward outstanding work or an outstanding contribution to the PhD community.
Research degrees are essential qualifications for many academic careers. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills which are applicable to many employment sectors. Our alumni have gone on to take up academic posts at other universities (including Oxford and Cambridge), undergo clinical practitioner training, become certified health psychologists, and to conduct high quality research across the broad area of psychology as postgraduate researchers.
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
You will have access to a desk and computer, as well as the appropriate laboratories, workshops and equipment needed to carry out your project.
All applicants should hold a strong undergraduate degree (2.1 or above) and/or a relevant masters qualification (or expectation of the same).
All applicants must submit a completed postgraduate application form including a 1500 word research proposal.
You are encouraged to find out more about our staff and their current research to inform the development of your research proposal and to ensure it aligns with our research themes. Before submitting your proposal, please contact the member(s) of staff listed against the relevant research theme.
Applicants are required to give a short 10–15 minute presentation followed by an interview. Interview panel members will include the head of research degrees for the faculty, a local postgraduate research tutor and a prospective director of studies.
Where English is not your first language, you must show evidence of English language ability to the following minimum level of proficiency: an overall IELTS score of 7.0 or above, with at least 6.5 in each component or an accepted equivalent. Please note that your test score must be current, i.e. within the last two years.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £4,327 per year.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for international postgraduate research students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £12,500 per year.
Doctoral student loans
Up to £25,700 available to help you while you study a postgraduate doctoral course.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Psychology courses (PDF)
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