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Further questions?

When you take on a MPhil/PhD in Psychological and Behavioural Science, you will join a vibrant research community in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science. Our rich history combined with cross-disciplinary expertise sets us apart. 

On this page, you will find answers to some of the most common questions we get from applicants. If you see something missing, please email and we will get back to you.

Applications for 2021-2022 are now closed, however you can still view the Prospectus page for current information about the programme. Applications will open again in October 2021.


What are "relevant areas of study"?

The admission requirement is an upper second class honours (2:1) bachelor’s degree (or equivalent), plus high merit (65+) in master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant area. 

What is a relevant area?

Psychology, behavioural science or a related social science background are relevant areas of study.  We will also consider some other academic backgrounds on a case by case basis, particularly if combined with relevant work experience.  It is advisable to speak to a potential supervisor about your academic background if you are unsure, and they will be able to advise you on the relevance and any other course you might be required to take if offered a place on the programme. 

Do I need to contact a potential supervisor before applying?

We recommend that every applicant contacts a potential supervisor(s) before applying.  Key to this is ensuring an overlap between your research proposal and their research interests.  

How can I gain funding?

All applicants who are made an offer will be considered for funding.  Currently we can offer two departmental studentships per year.  All offer-holders’ applications are assessed and ranked by our Research Committee and we will keep offer holders up to date on this process.  Should you be unsuccessful in gaining one of the two studentships, your offer would still stand.  

Can I study part-time?

The MPhil/PhD programme is a full-time programme.  Occasionally, requests for a change of status to part-time will be accepted after starting on the programme (e.g. due to working more than 20 hours per week).  However, please note that we cannot guarantee that an application to change to part-time status will be accepted.  

Is there a residency requirement?

Yes, one of the requirements of the programme is that you reside locally.  Applications can be made to reside abroad on a case by case basis, but generally this is only allowed during the ‘writing up’ phase of study. 

Is there compulsory contact time?

All MPhil/PhD students must attend our weekly seminar (currently every Tuesday in term time).

Students are also expected to attend regular supervision meetings, as well as any other courses agreed with your supervisor (a minimum of 10 hours of additional training per year).

Who should I contact if I have any more questions?

Your main contact in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science is Rebecca Lee. If you have any further questions about the MPhil/PhD please contact Rebecca on