Postgraduate - research prospectus

Psychology, MPhil/PhD

If you have a fascination with psychology and the commitment to MPhil or PhD research our programme at The University of Greenwich is for you.

Why study this at Greenwich?

  • If you have a fascination with psychology and the commitment for MPhil or PhD research our programme is for you.
  • You will be fully supported by three expert supervisors.
  • Our programme can be completed part time or full time.


Psychology, Social Work & Counselling



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

MPhil and PhD research requires a thirst for knowledge and a passion for research.

If you are interested in full or part time study for MPhil and PhD degrees in psychology we welcome an application from inquisitive and dedicated students.

Here at the University of Greenwich, we carry out high quality scientific research in psychology that moves theory forward while informing applied settings.

During your time with us, you will develop, create and interpret new knowledge in the subject of psychology. This will be through original research or other advanced scholarship of a quality to satisfy peer review. Your research will aim to extend the forefront of the discipline, and merit publication.

Our graduates from this programme pursue careers in research as well as teaching in further and higher education and other opportunities in both public and private sectors.

MPhil and PhD options

You will initially enrol onto the MPhil degree. After completing the first year of the MPhil, your progress will be reviewed. Upon satisfactory review, you will be given the option to then transfer to the PhD for a further two to three years of research.

Should you not wish to continue on to PhD studies, you may write up and submit your work to be considered for an MPhil degree.

Research supervision

Throughout your time with us, we will have three supervisors who will guide you through your research period and support your studies. When applying for an MPhil or PhD, you will need to identify a potential supervisor and submit a research proposal tailored to their research interests. One of the key factors is finding a primary supervisor that can provide the support to complement your research interests. If you do not have an idea of a potential supervisor yet, please make contact with a staff member to discuss how your research ideas could fit. Information about the Department's expertise can be found by visiting the staff profiles here

What you will study


Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact for more information.

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Entry requirements

Before applying it is really important that you meet the entry requirements for entry onto the MPhil/PhD programme which are:

  • A taught Masters degree, with a minimum average of 60% in all areas of assessment (eg 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(s) areas relevant to the proposed research project,

In addition to the above, applicants whose first language is not English must also meet the English Language requirement, which is:

  • a Bachelors or Masters degree transcript from the UK or UKVI recognised Majority English Speaking Country (MESC). A full list of MESCs can be found on the application process page.


  • an IELTS certificate demonstrating that you have achieved a minimum of 6.5 in all elements or an acceptable, demonstrable equivalent to this.

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

To find out more information on funding your studies visit our funding opportunities pagestudentship and tuition fee pages.

Fees and finance

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.

Fees information International fees

Funding your study

There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.

Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Additional information


  • Transcripts of all degrees
  • Complete tabular CV
  • Personal statement
  • Research proposal, tailored to one of the staff member's research interests
  • Indication of potential supervisor
  • 2 references


Graduates from this programme can pursue careers in research as well as teaching in further and higher education and other opportunities in both public and private sectors.

Contact details

For more information about the MPhil/PhD in Psychology, please contact the Programme Leader Dr Michele Birtel -

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