Postgraduate prospectus

Psychology, MPhil/PhD

Our research degree in Psychology (MPhil/PhD) is for aspiring researchers who want to build on their expertise with high-quality scientific research.

When you study for a postgraduate research degree in psychology, you will interpret and advance our knowledge in psychology, producing original research which merits publication and informs current and future practice. You will be invited to submit a research proposal and will be supported by three supervisors who will support you through your independent research period. 

Once accepted onto our programme, you will be registered for the MPhil in the first instance and will be given the option to transfer to PhD following a progress review. With a research degree, you will be able to pursue careers in further and higher education, or research opportunities in both the public and private sectors.

Campus

Greenwich

Duration

  • 3-5 years full-time
  • 4-6 years part-time

Start month

September

Home/international fees

2021/2022 fees

2021/2022 fees

What you should know about this course

  • If you have a fascination with psychology and the commitment to undertake independent MPhil/PhD research, this programme is for you.
  • You register for the MPhil and will have the option to transfer to PhD upon satisfactory review.
  • When applying for an MPhil or PhD, you will need to submit a research proposal and identify a potential supervisor that can support your work.
  • Located at the University's iconic Greenwich Campus.

What you will study

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Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact course-info@gre.ac.uk for more information.

About the course team

Welcome to our MPhil/PhD in Psychology. Our course is supported by supervisory teams which have a strong range of academic experience, both in high quality research and in doctoral supervision.

Come and meet us

Given the current situation with Covid-19, we are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.

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To find out more about our Open Days and Campus Tours or if you need any assistance, please email opendays@gre.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

If you are

You should have:
  • A taught Masters degree, with a minimum average of 60% in all areas of assessment (e.g. Merit) level or above, in a generic subject area relevant to the subject matter of the proposed research project; and/or
  • A First Class or Second Class, First Division (Upper Second Class) Honours degree in a subject area relevant to the proposed research project.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Further information about entry

For further information on the entry requirements, please refer to Section A2 of the Academic Regulations for Postgraduate Research Awards.

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

If you have undertaken a part of this course of study in a UK university or a reputable university in another country, you might be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. Each case will be considered on its own merit.

How you will learn

This section helps you understand more about how you'll learn based on standard delivery of teaching and learning on campus.

However, as a response to COVID-19 we are currently operating a 'blended model' of teaching and learning (except for distance-learning courses). This means a combination of face-to-face sessions on our campuses with online lectures. There is additional support for any students who are unable to attend campus because they are ill or shielding. We'll continue to offer blended learning to all our students, in line with government guidelines, for as long as we are advised to. If government or local authority rules require it, we may be limited to offering online-only learning but will return to blended learning as soon as we are safely able to do so.

You can find out more about how we are supporting our students.

Teaching

You will need to identify a potential primary supervisor that can provide the expert support to complement your research interests, and then submit a research proposal. Please contact a staff member to discuss your research ideas.

Class sizes

Information coming soon.

Independent learning

As there are no scheduled lectures on the MPhil/PhD course. You will need to do a lot of reading on your own and it is important that you dedicate time to self-study.

Overall workload

This involves independent research, but also training in research, teaching and transferable skills, and attending postgraduate research events such as talks, seminars and conferences. 

You will be expected to keep a record of their research activities, skills and training in a portfolio.

Assessment

As your MPhil/PhD progresses, you will move through several review points including a transfer viva to ensure good progress and high quality-work. You will be assessed through your research thesis. Following your submission, you will have an oral examination.

Feedback summary

Information coming soon.

Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

*Calculated as an average of compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year. You can find more detail about how individual modules are taught within the 'what you will study' section.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

2021/2022 fees

Full-time (per year) Part-time (per 30 credits)
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Fees information International fees

Fees are assessed based on your country of domicile, with students domiciled in the EU charged international fees. If you are unsure, find out more about how your fee status is assessed.

Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university. EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

MPhil and PhD graduates in psychology can pursue careers in research as well as teaching in further and higher education and other opportunities in both public and private sectors.

Do you provide employability services?

Information coming soon.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

Accommodation information

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If you are a UK or EU student and want to study full-time then you apply through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS).

If you are a UK or EU student and want to study part-time then you apply to the university directly.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.