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PhD opportunities in Psychology at Brunel University London


About the Programme

Qualification type: MPhil / PhD
Location: Uxbridge, London
Mode of study: Full-time and Part-time

Welcoming environment for research students

Doctoral research programmes (PhDs) take a proud place in the world-class research environment and community at Brunel. PhD students are recognised and valued by their supervisors as an essential part of their departments and a key component of the university's overall strategy to develop and deliver world-class research.The Division of Psychology has a thriving and expanding community of research students, each one associated with a research centre and working as part of a successful team.

Research areas

Research topics for Psychology are broad in scope and include cognitive neuroscience, neuropsychology, evolutionary psychology, social and cross-cultural psychology, and health and well-being. Research within the division is supported through a well-resourced infrastructure including MRI, EEG, TMS, and eye-tracking facilities, cubicles for testing, hardware and software resources, psychometric test library, and other specialist equipment.

Our research strengths are in Cognitive Neuroscience, Cross-Cultural Psychology and Evolutionary Psychology. Research in these areas is structured around two vibrant research centres: Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience and Centre for Culture and Evolution. PhD students can be part of these centres, and benefit from the knowledge and methodological expertise from staff members, as well as use the relevant infrastructure.

Culture and Evolution

Research in the area of Culture and Evolution focuses on cultural variation in, and evolutionary origins of, psychology and behaviour – integration of proximate and ultimate perspectives, across levels of analysis from individual biology and personality, through group and social processes to the broader culture. Our research brings together outstanding evolutionary, cross-cultural and other psychologists and will include evolutionary approaches to human psychology such as human behavioural ecology categorised in these three strands:

  • Relationships – E.g. interpersonal attraction and mate choice, relationship maintenance and satisfaction, jealousy etc. Also intergroup relations (between cultures and ethnic groups).
  • Morality – E.g. what is considered right and wrong, political beliefs, views on resource distribution etc.
  • Conflict & Cooperation – E.g. interpersonal and intergroup, sexual conflict and intrasexual competition, sources of conflict such as inequality etc.

You are invited to contribute as a research students to some more specific examples of topics emphasised by researchers, including:

  • Attitudes towards, and behavioral consequences of, inequality 
  • Close personal relationships
  • Community and wellbeing 
  • Competitiveness and risk-taking among males 
  • Cooperation within groups, including between leaders and followers 
  • Cultural variation in prosocial behaviours 
  • Emotions in social relationships, such as jealousy 
  • Impact of social media on relationships 
  • Music, singing, and social bonding 
  • Physical and physiological (e.g. gait, muscularity, hormonal) predictors of social and moral attitudes 
  • Physical attractiveness, mate preferences and mating strategies
  • Relationship of facial morphology to political and moral attitudes 
  • Relevance of ethnicity in personal relationships 

 

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Research degrees at Brunel

 

How to apply

Information about the application process can be found here

Contact

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Funding Notes

Brunel offers a number of funding options to research students that help cover the cost of their tuition fees, contribute to living expenses or both. See more information here: View Website. The UK Government is also offering the Doctoral Student Loans for eligible students, and there is some funding available through the Research Councils. Many of our international students benefit from funding provided by their governments or employers. Brunel alumni enjoy tuition fee discounts of 15%.)

How good is research at Brunel University London in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 22.60

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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