The School of Psychology
Psychology at Kent offers a supportive, dynamic and diverse environment for creative research and learning.
We conduct both basic and applied research in several areas, and we are highly regarded as a leading European centre for postgraduate research. We have a long-established international reputation in social psychology, and this is complemented by our strengths in cognitive, developmental and forensic psychology.
Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology PhD
Forensic Psychology PhD
Social Psychology PhD
Under the Psychology PhD programme, we also offer supervision in the areas of Developmental, Organisational or Political Psychology.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, Psychology at Kent was ranked 11th in the UK for research intensity. An impressive 95% of our research-active staff submitted to the REF. Additionally, of the research submitted, 97% was judged to be of international quality. Lastly, the School's environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.
Before making your application, we recommend that you contact a staff member whose expertise matches your area of interest to discuss your proposed project, CV and potential supervisory arrangements.
A final degree classification (grade average) of at least a 2.1 or Merit in the UK system (the second highest classification after First/Distinction) is required. Results from institutions in other countries will be assessed individually according to this standard.
Your existing degree does not have to be in psychology as long as the statistics training requirement is met and your proposed supervisor and the Director of Graduate Studies (Research) are satisfied with the suitability of your academic background.
The School attracts excellent visiting scholars and postgraduate students from both within the UK and overseas. Some of our PhD students are self-funded, and others are funded by grants or awards either from the School, UK or their countries of origin. You may also fund your studies through part-time teaching within the School. The School has a strong track record of attracting ESRC research studentship funding, which involves partnerships with external organisations such as Age Concern England and the Equality and Human Rights Commission and collaborative studentships with partners such as People United.
Please send your questions to [email protected].
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.