PhD Psychology

About the programme

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award.

You would undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. Your supervisory team provides guidance both in the selection of a research topic and in the conduct of the research. You are also supported by attendance at postgraduate seminar series to develop subject specific knowledge and research skills relevant to your field of research.

The degree is assessed solely on the basis of the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis which must be "defended" in a viva. During the course of the degree, you would be given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

Current areas of Research

Health and Clinical Psychology

Cognitive Neuropsychology

Learning, memory and thinking

Behaviour change in Health and Business

Psychology of Movement

Why choose this programme?

  • An internationally recognised research qualification
  • Developing advanced subject expertise at postgraduate level
  • Develop research skills through practice and extensive research experience
  • Employers are looking for high calibre graduates with advanced skills who can demonstrate independence through research

Please contact Dr Nick Troop ( for initial discussions.

You can find information about fees for UK and EU students here and for international students here.

Teaching methods

Research degrees are not taught programmes, however, programmes of supporting studies are a key element.

The School of Psychology has an international reputation for conducting high quality research across a broad range of psychological disciplines. Postgraduate students account for a substantial part of the School's research effort, and the School views the development and training of its postgraduate research students as highly important. Postgraduate students are encouraged to present their work at national and international conferences and at weekly research seminars. These seminars, along with a number of specialist reading groups, provide a supportive and friendly forum for the discussion of research issues and for the development of research skills.

Entry requirements...

An honours degree (normally at least 2:1 or above) in an appropriate discipline. A masters qualification (eg MSc Research Methods in Psychology) would be an advantage.

IELTS entry requirement is normally 6.5, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent for overseas students.

Programme fees

Postgraduate research students are required to pay bench fees in addition to tuition fees.  Bench fees will vary according to the type of research you are conducting, and you will be informed of the amount you will be required to pay at the time of your offer letter