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Postgraduate Study

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the application fee if applicable. For further information on application fees, and which courses require an application fee, see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Applications are usually only considered for October entry.

Selection Process

If you have applied before 5 December you will receive a decision on your application in February.  If you apply after the 5 December, you should expect to hear whether or not you have been successful within six weeks of submitting your completed application and required supporting documents.

Interviews will last approximately 30 minutes and may be conducted in person or by Skype, Zoom etc. Telephone interviews are acceptable if Skype or Zoom is not possible. Applicants are interviewed by at least two academic members of the Department, including the prospective supervisor.

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Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Project title (M)
  • Research summary (M)
  • Proposed Supervisor (M)
    You must contact a Supervisor and secure their support before making an application. For more information on finding a Supervisor, see below.
  • Research experience (M)
  • Research proposal (M)
    Applicants are required to upload a copy of their research proposal.
  • Statement of Interest (M)
  • Widening Participation - 'Rare' Pilot
    This year, the course to which you are applying is working with Rare Recruitment, leaders in diversity graduate recruitment, to improve contextualised understanding of the applications we receive. This means you will be asked to complete an optional questionnaire with additional questions as part of our pilot project with Rare.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

How to Find a Supervisor

Applicants must nominate a prospective supervisor on their application. It is essential that applicants contact a prospective supervisor and receive their support to apply,  before submitting their application. The support of a prospective supervisor does not guarantee the applicant a place on the course nor does it guarantee the funding.

List of potential PhD Psychology supervisors.

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Key Information

3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Study Mode : Research

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Psychology

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2024

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
April 24, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.