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Psychology PhD

Overview

A member of staff, expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. As a research student you'll become part of our thriving academic community.

A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. A research degree is different from a taught course. Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team. The teaching and learning style at PhD level takes the form of 1:1 supervision, e-learning and workshops.

Research excellence

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework Psychology was rated:

  • 60% of our research was awarded 3* out of 4* - 'very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance'
  • 85% of submitted publications to be internationally recognised, internationally excellent or world leading.

Our research has made a difference at many levels: influencing policy and creating new commercial capabilities. Our scientists work in multidisciplinary teams to target major societal challenges in the areas of human health, well-being, performance and behaviour. We apply theory in theses areas to contemporary real world issues by undertaking innovative and rigorous science.

Research interests

Addictive and Health Behaviours
Investigating the socio-cognititive determinants of addictive behaviours and interventions to modify them
Applied and Developmental Cognition
Understanding how cognitive processes unfold during development and their application to real-world problems
Investigative and Forensic Psychology
Examining how different vulnerabilities affect eyewitness testimony with a particular expertise in research with children, the elderly and those with autism spectrum disorder
Lived Experiences in Mental Health and Distress
Researching lived experiences of mental distress, centring on how individuals interpret, embody, manage and live with them
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start Date
January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Employability

Research skills development

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.

When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.

In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.

Transferable skills

A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.

Attending conferences

Research students are often sponsored to attend national and international conferences and to meet leading scientists in their fields and to present their research findings. The progress of all research students is formally monitored by the University's Research Degree Committee.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Staff

Prof. Ian Albery

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Psychology; Director of Research and Enterprise for the School of Applied Sciences

Ian Albery is Professor of Psychology and Director of Research and Enterprise for the School of Applied Sciences.


James Binnie

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, BSc Psychological Counselling

James Binnie is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director of the BSc Psychological Counselling.


Dr Zoë Boden

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology

Zoë Boden is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director of the MSc Mental Health and Clinical Psychology.


Dr Janice Brown

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Associate Professor

Janice Brown is an Associate Professor of Psychology.


Dr Daniel Frings

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Associate Professor

Daniel Frings is an Associate Professor of Psychology.


Dr Hillary Katz

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Hillary Katz is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.


Dr Jacqueline Lawrence

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling

Jacqui Lawrence is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director of the MSc Addiction Psychology and Counselling.


Dr Alex Marchant

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Lecturer; Course Director, MSc Psychology

Alex Marchant is a Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director of the MSc Psychology.


Dr Antony Moss

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Director of Education and Student Experience for the School of Applied Sciences

Antony Moss is Director of Education and Student Experience for the School of Applied Sciences.


Dr Elizabeth Newton

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Elizabeth Newton is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.


Prof. Paula Reavey

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Psychology; Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Applied Sciences

Paula Ravey is Professor of Psychology and Director of Postgraduate Research for the School of Applied Sciences.


Dr Nicola Rycroft

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Nicky Rycroft is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology.


Dr James Smith-Spark

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Deputy Head of Psychology

Jamie Smith-Spark is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Deputy Head of the Division of Psychology.


Prof. Marcantonio Spada

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Professor of Psychology; Head of Psychology

Marcantonio Spada is Professor of Psychology and Head of the Division of Psychology.


Dr Eleni Vangeli

School/Division: Applied Sciences / Psychology
Job title: Senior Lecturer; Course Director, Undergraduate Psychology

Eleni Vangeli is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Course Director of Undergraduate Psychology.


Facilities

  • Psychology facilities - the 'Pub Lab'

    Psychology facilities - the 'Pub Lab'

    LSBU's cutting-edge new 'Pub Lab' facility is fitted with cameras and microphones to help staff and students to investigate the motivations behind why people drink in the ways that they do.

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Research Degree programme at LSBU are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's level. Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level. You will be invited to an interview with your potential supervisor, in person or by telephone, prior to an offer being made.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November
Application code
P052650
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start date
January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November
Application code
P052650
Application method

Home, EU and International students should apply for our full-time and part-time postgraduate research courses in the UK using the online system provided by the UK Postgraduate Application and Statistical Service (UKPASS) via UCAS Postgraduate. You can apply for up to 10 courses – create your application in your own time and complete unfinished sections when you're ready. Use their Track service to follow your applications as they progress through the system and receive any offer replies online. All application enquiries can be put to our Course Enquiries Team by phoning 0800 923 88 88, or emailing course.enquiry@lsbu.ac.uk.

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

To apply for a scholarship complete a PhD for application using the UKPASS system (select Psychology) and complete section seven of the application form.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £4195International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 9018Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £13480
International £38395
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £2517International fee: £7500
AOS/LSBU code: 9036Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £13480
International £38395

The individual fee for this course is shown above. For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

At the London Doctoral Academy we are committed to supporting and developing professional researchers who are driven to make a difference. We have a range of PhD Scholarships available in partnership with businesses and organisations - and when they're available we'll publish notices on the London Doctoral Academy site.

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