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About the Programme

Particular areas of interest include Cyberpsychology, Interpersonal Behaviour, Health and Relationships, Psychology of Creativity and Performance Expertise, and Educational Development.

The University of Buckingham School of Psychology and Wellbeing is a vibrant community that fosters a culture of collaborative, multidisciplinary research. You will join one of our four research hubs described below, which are all engaged in inter-institutional collaborations, including some with non-academic partners such as health-care providers and music conservatoires. Our Department is friendly and welcoming, and the University of Buckingham cares for the happiness and wellbeing of all of its students: we have achieved consistently high ratings for student satisfaction over many years, and are the only university to get six double positive flags in the TEF.

We are happy to consider doctorate research relevant to any hub, but may also be looking to fill specific research roles in some areas. Search the FindAPhD database for our itemised research opportunities.

Entry requirements: applicants would typically have at least a 2:1 in a BSc or BA (Hons) Psychology single honours or Psychology major degree and an MSc degree (or equivalent), although exceptional candidates without postgraduate qualification will be considered.

In the first instance, full-time PhD students must present their work at a formal assessment meeting one year after registration in order to confirm their PhD status. For suitable students, there may be teaching opportunities after confirmation. Candidates must typically be self-funded but we will support postgraduate candidates in their applications for doctoral scholarships to external funding bodies.

Selection process: wherever possible, you will be invited to the University to meet the Admissions Tutor for an informal interview and to have a tour of our campus. If you are an international applicant, it may not be possible for you to visit in person, so if the Admissions Tutor has any queries about your application you may be conducted by Skype, email or phone.

Our Research Hubs

CREATE' (Centre for Research into Expertise Acquisition, Training and Excellence)
We explore the drivers of excellence (aptitudes, motivation, practice, resilience) in the performing arts, mind-based leisure activities, and medicine (with the University of Buckingham Medical School). Our research also explores creativity and insight, and how these contribute to originality and excellence. This may help us to make better life-choices, investing our time wisely in activities which work to our strengths.

Centre for Health and Relationship Research
We study the impact of the interpersonal world and support structures on health and well-being in clinical and non-clinical settings. With connections and active research work taking part at four local NHS hospitals, we can offer excellent opportunities for research studies with tangible impact.

Psychology of Educational Development
Our research investigates how we can learn more effectively in order to enhance outcomes for all students. We aim to help young people overcome problems that prevent them participating fully in school and other activities. We are also interested in the individual: whether they are creative, high performers or have learning challenges at school. Bullying and cyberbullying are also particular research strengths. 

Cyber- and Interpersonal Behaviour Research (CIBR)
Get in touch with us to explore human behaviour, emotions and experiences in relation to technology and the impact of technology on individuals both online and offline. In addition, we examine offline social processes, emotions, mental resilience and interpersonal relationships across the lifespan.

Funding Notes

UK/EU students: £7,650 per year

International students: £13,950 per year

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