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.


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

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What you should know about this course

  • If you have a fascination with psychology and the commitment to undertake independent MPhil/PhD research, this course 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


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.

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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.

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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?


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


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

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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.


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.

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Dates and timetables

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

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.

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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.

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

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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?

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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.

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