What’s it like to study a PhD in Developmental Psychology?
Under the guidance of one or more specialist supervisors with an expertise in your chosen topic, you’ll conduct independent research eventually culminating in an extended dissertation. You may use a variety of methodologies including behavioural experiments, computational modelling, and eye-movement analysis.
Possible research areas include:
- Behavioural genetics
- Educational neuroscience
- Developmental disorders
- Language acquisition
- Memory development
- Sensory processing and executive functions
You may also be part of wider research group with shared objectives. Psychology departments often benefit from links with external organisations such as local schools and charities, meaning you’ll have the opportunity to conduct experiments with a range of participants.
Many students in Developmental Psychology will propose their own research project, meaning you’ll identify a gap in the academic literature and determine the methodology and objectives of your work independently. If you opt to apply for one of several advertised PhDs in Developmental Psychology, your host institution will determine the parameters of your research.