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PhD opportunities in Psychology at Brunel University London

  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Profile Description

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

Welcoming environment for research students

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.You are very welcome to undertake your PhD or MPhil in one of our research areas and work alongside our researchers.

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 

Find out more

Working with your supervisory team
Research environment for PhD students
Life as a research student at Brunel University London

How to apply

Further information about the PhD and the application process can be found here:
Psychology
Culture and Evolution

Contact

For general enquiries, please contact:
 

 

Funding Notes

We offer a range of PhD studentships, partial scholarships, and academic prizes, to help with your research fees. Find out more here: View Website

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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