University of Exeter: Psychology (Doctor of Philosophy - PhD/Master of Philosophy - MPhil)

InstitutionUniversity of Exeter View institution profile
Department Psychology
Telephone +44(0)1392 723044
Study type Research


Research in the School is organised into four research groups:

**Animal Behaviour**
We are uniquely placed as one of the few international groups providing a bridging link between traditional questions of human psychology (cognition, learning, memory, social and developmental processes) and animal models providing experimental and evolutionary research opportunities. We explore the causes, functions and evolution of animal behaviour and how it adapts each species to its natural environment.

**Clinical Psychology**
We conduct research into the advancement of theoretical knowledge and clinical practice in clinical psychology, including:

- mood disorders, with a particular interest in psychological processes implicated in unipolar and bipolar depressive disorder and evidence-based approaches to treatment;

- addiction;

- obesity;

- executive control and associative learning;

- ageing and cognitive health, with the aim of improving the lives of older people and people with dementia through research.

- Associative Learning and Memory

- Control of Cognition

- Clinical Neuropsychology

**Social, Environmental and Organisational Psychology**
- Social psychology

- Social identity theory

- Group behaviour

- Social cognition

- Environmental psychology

- Organisational psychology

Our MPhil/PhD students are actively involved in work at the cutting edge of research activities within Psychology at the University of Exeter. Ranked in the top 100 in the world for Psychology (QS World University Rankings 2017) and with state-of-the-art facilities, a steadily growing postgraduate community and a substantial increase in external research funding, we offer an ideal environment in which to undertake an MPhil/PhD.

Acceptance of an application for the MPhil/PhD programme is contingent on the availability of appropriate supervision. Hence potential applicants are strongly advised to contact one or more potential supervisors prior to applying, and to develop preliminary ideas on a research topic with them.

Sponsorship info

The University of Exeter offers over a hundred PhD studentships annually. The majority are advertised in the Winter/Spring for entry the following September. For information on how to fund your research degree, please visit the postgraduate study pages of our website.

2 course options

Qualification Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
Level RQF Level 8
Entry requirements

Many of the postgraduate students first register for one of the taught MSc programmes on the grounds that these provide the best preparation for a research degree. For full information, including English language requirements and international equivalencies, please see the relevant programme page found in the postgraduate section of our website


Research project

Location Streatham Campus
Northcote House
Queen's Drive


EU 4500 GBP for Year 1
England 4500 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 4500 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 4500 GBP for Year 1
Wales 4500 GBP for Year 1
International 19800 GBP for Year 1

University of Exeter


We are a Russell Group university ranked in the top one per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings). We score particularly highly for ‘international outlook’ and the University welcomes staff and students from over 130 countries. The experience of our overseas students is second to none: in 2017 we won the ‘International Student Choice’ award (WhatUni).

World-leading research

  • 98 per cent of our research is of international quality and we have world-leading research and impact in all subjects (REF 2014)
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