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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 is grouped around three themes (brain and behaviour, enhancing thinking, and health and wellbeing), all of which engage our psychologists’ expertise in developmental, social and applied 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.
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:
Faculty studentships are available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study. Please see the Faculty studentships webpage for further information.
The South East DTC offers ESRC studentships to top-quality research students wishing to study psychology, sociology, politics or related multidisciplinary topics within the social sciences at the University of Surrey.
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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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.
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Please note these fees are for the academic year 2015/16 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology
Professor of Environmental Psychology
LecturerDirector of Undergraduate Studies in Psychology
Senior Clinical Tutor, PsychD Clinical Psychology
Clinical Psychology Programme Tutor
MSc Social Psychology Course Director - Lecturer in Psychology
Lecturer and Senior Professional Training Tutor
Senior Lecturer Director of the Surrey Baby Lab First Year Tutor
Professor of Health PsychologyMSc Health Psychology Course DirectorDirector of Research for the School of Psychology
MSc Course Convener & Teaching Fellow
Senior LecturerMSc Environmental Psychology Course Director
Head of School
LecturerSenior Professional Training Tutor
Professor and Director of the Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre
The University of Surrey has been ranked sixth in this year’s Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey.
"I spent several years searching for an academic supervisor who could expand my thinking and challenge me intellectually... I found that supervisor at Surrey."
The School of Psychology has recently made a significant investment in new laboratory facilities for research in neurosciences.
Listening to five minutes of birdsong every day can be said to help beat the winter blues, but what other benefits can it bring? A new three year research project that will look into the impact of birdsong on human wellbeing and behaviour is being launched today by the University of Surrey in partnership with the National Trust and Surrey Wildlife Trust.
The Guardian University Guide 2016 ranked Surrey 5th place in the UK for psychology.
An interview of Fathali Moghaddam, Professor of Psychology at Georgetown University.
Moghaddam discusses with Peter Hegarty his return to Iran after his PhD at the University of Surrey and how his observations and experiences informed the theory of intergroup relations presented in his new book "The Psychology of Dictatorship".