What’s it like to study a PhD in Child Psychology?
During your PhD, you’ll generally conduct original research by working with children and families in a variety of settings that might include schools, hospitals, or laboratories. You might collect data using a variety of methods, such as questionnaires, neuroimaging, and eye-tracking technology.
Possible research areas include:
- Language acquisition
- Literacy and communication
- Mathematical ability
- Memory development
- Developmental disability
- Mental illness in children
Many students will propose their own research project, but there are also numerous advertised PhDs available in Child Psychology.
You’ll complete at least three years of independent research overseen by your supervisor, culminating in an extended thesis which you’ll defend in an oral examination. You may also be expected to attend additional training provided by the department. For some programmes, you may conduct research as part of a larger team.