The Department of Psychology has three research themes covering Cognitive and Brain Sciences (with expertise in Reading, Face-Processing, Attention and Memory), Health and Clinical Psychology (with expertise in Eating Behaviour, Stress & Chronic Illness, and Resilience), and Forensic Investigation and Cyber Psychology.

Researchers within these themes also contribute to the Ageing and Dementia Research Centre and the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Research Centre. We utilise quantitative, qualitative, mixed and multi methodologies to explore a range of theoretical and applied topics in Psychology.

Facilities supporting our research and teaching include eye-tracking (with mobile and static eye trackers), virtual reality, brain stimulation (tDCS, TMS), electrophysiological recording (EEG), laboratory space for the study of eating behaviours, access to an MRI scanner with capacity for fMRI studies, and facilities for the development and testing of health, clinical and social interventions, including, but not limited, to digital interventions. In addition, the Department enjoys strong research collaborations with local NHS Trusts.

Supervisors for projects in this pathway have expertise with UKRI funding (e.g., awards from the ESRC, MRC, and BBSRC), as well as the Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, Royal Society and numerous charities.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024 (the closing date for applications is 12 noon GMT, 5 January 2024); applicants will be informed of the outcome by April 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus

Entry requirements:

Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA), or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent. If English is not your first language you’ll need IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent).

In addition, students wishing to undertake PhD only (+3 awards) must meet the ESRC criteria in terms of previous Master’s level study and should read the SWDTP Admissions Statement for further information.