Psychology PhD

Moving here from the other side of the world was one of the best life decisions I have ever made.

Y. Gavriel Ansara PhD Psychology

Why Surrey?

The School of Psychology is home to over 50 research-active staff. Since 2007, the School has hosted over 40 research grants (over £4 million), funded by ESRC, BBSRC, MRC, EPSRC, the EU and UK government departments, among others.

Our research is recognised for its original contribution to psychological science, its rigorous use of methodology, and the reach of its significance into policy and everyday life.

Our stimulating research environment includes laboratories for experimental, psychophysiological, perceptual and observational research (on-site EEG, TMS, tDCS, Baby Lab, driving simulator and dedicated access to external fMRI scanner), extensive technical equipment, laboratories for observing individual and group behaviour and a large library of psychometric and clinical tests.

We have research links with schools, hospitals (with access to patients through local GPs), businesses and many of the University’s multidisciplinary research centres.

Research within the School of Psychology addresses the key theme of research across the lifespan and covers a range of areas including cognition, neuroscience, child development, health, the impact of the environment, decision making, food and consumer behaviour and social psychology.

Our strong track record in research-based professional training is evident in the strength of our policy-related research in areas such as health, sustainability, forensics and the workplace.

Programme overview

The School of Psychology offers supervision of research leading to a PhD degree in multiple areas of psychology. Graduates from our programme are trained in the most advanced and innovative research methods and prepared to compete effectively in the job market. The programme provides a solid grounding in research methods and the skills of communicating research findings to academic and other audiences through academic publication and other routes.

Key research areas include:

  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Cognition and creativity
  • Social and personality psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Occupational psychology
  • Environmental psychology


Funding for PhDs can come from a range of sources including charities, industry and the University sector. For the comming year we have the opportunity to apply for DTC funding and there may be some School bursaries available in May 2016.

School Bursaries

We are currently finalising funding for the coming year and there may be bursaries available in May 2016 for October 2016 start. This will be advertised nearer the time. 

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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 30-48 months
  • Part-time: 60-96 months

Start date:

October, April


Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 686 509

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class honours degree (65 per cent or above) in psychology (or a related discipline) or a Masters degree in a relevant subject with a pass of 65 per cent or above.

PhD status will be confirmed following a satisfactory probationary period. In their first year or part-time equivalent, all students are expected to pass taught courses relating to research methods, teaching and training, conducting consultancies, behaviour change interventions and professional skills.

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English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 7 or above.

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.


Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time £4,120 £17,500
Part-time £2,060 £8,750

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2017/18 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

Overseas students applying for 2017 entry should please note that annual fees will rise by four per cent (rounded up to the nearest £100) for each year of study.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Researcher Development Programme

Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.

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Contact Us

General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

Code of practice for research degrees

Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.

The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.

Download the code of practice for research degrees (PDF).

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