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Research opportunities in the Department of Psychology

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Profile Description

Our Department of Psychology is among the world's top psychology departments*, excelling in both teaching and research.

We offer two research degree programmes:

PhD in Psychology

  • Includes training sessions to enhance your research skills and broad knowledge of psychology
  • First year module: Practical skills in experimental, cognitive and social psychology
  • Weekly research seminars in Department of Psychology which includes a ‘meet the speaker' event where you'll get the opportunity to talk informally with high-profile academics and other external speakers
  • You can also attend any relevant final-year undergraduate and MSc courses to enhance your knowledge of a specific area
  • Three academic tools sessions covering grant and CV writing as well as interview skills

PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

  • Includes training sessions to enhance your research skills and broad knowledge of cognitive neuroscience and neuroimaging
  • First year module: Programming in Neuroimaging
  • Weekly research seminars at the York Neuroimaging Centre
  • Weekly research seminars in Department of Psychology which includes a ‘meet the speaker' event where you'll get the opportunity to talk informally with high-profile academics and other external speakers
  • You can also attend any relevant final-year undergraduate and MSc courses to enhance your knowledge of a specific area
  • Three academic tools sessions covering grant and CV writing as well as interview skills

We offer:

  • Vibrant community of approx 60 full time and part time research students with regular calendar of social events
  • Stimulating, supportive atmosphere
  • Research-intensive psychology department
  • Approximately 40 members of academic staff as well as technical and administrative staff to support research and teaching
  • Modern purpose-built accommodation
  • State-of-the-art research and computer equipment
  • Your own desk and computer
  • Full access to specialised research facilities

Superb specialised research facilities:

Why us?

  • Ranked 4th in the UK for overall research performance in the Times Higher Education's ranking of REF 2014
  • Ranked 2nd in UK for research outputs with 95% classified as world-leading or internationally excellent in the Times Higher Education's ranking of REF 2014
  • * Ranked in the top 100 globally for Psychology in the Times Higher Education World University League Table (2018)
  • Ranked 3rd in UK for Psychology in the Times Higher Education World University League Table (2018)
  • PhD completion rate: 98%

Life after PhD:

77% of our PhD students continue in further academic/research careers

I'm interested. What do I do now?

Establish whether there is a member of academic staff with research interests that overlap with you and whether we are carrying out research in an area that interests you.

Once you've identified a potential supervisor, please email them before you apply to discuss your application and proposed area of research.

Complete an application for your chosen degree

Contact us:


01904 323189

Research degrees at Department of Psychology
Research at the Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

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