A member of staff, an expert in the chosen field, is directly responsible for guiding and supporting your research programme. As a research student, you'll become part of our thriving academic community.

A PhD, by definition, is an original contribution to knowledge. A research degree is different from a taught course. Research students are expected to self-direct their learning with support from a supervisory team. The teaching and learning style at PhD level takes the form of 1:1 supervision, e-learning and workshops.

Research excellence

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework Psychology was rated:

  • 60% of our research was awarded 3* out of 4* - 'very considerable impacts in terms of their reach and significance'
  • 85% of submitted publications to be internationally recognised, internationally excellent or world leading.
Our research has made a difference at many levels: influencing policy and creating new commercial capabilities. Our scientists work in multidisciplinary teams to target major societal challenges in the areas of human health, well-being, performance and behaviour. We apply theory in these areas to contemporary real-world issues by undertaking innovative and rigorous science.

Research interests

Addictive and Health Behaviours
Investigating the socio-cognitive determinants of addictive behaviours and interventions to modify them.
Applied and Developmental Cognition
Understanding how cognitive processes unfold during development and their application to real-world problems.
Investigative and Forensic Psychology
Examining how different vulnerabilities affect eyewitness testimony with particular expertise in research with children, the elderly and those with an autism spectrum disorder.
Lived Experiences in Mental Health and Distress
Researching lived experiences of mental distress, centring on how individuals interpret, embody, manage and live with them.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 3 years January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November Southwark Campus
Part-time 5 years January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November Southwark Campus
Distance learning 6 years January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November Southwark Campus

Employability

Research skills development

All research students are required to participate in a Key Skills Development programme aimed at developing transferable skills in addition to those employed in carrying out research. Training in research methods is available through frequent research seminars.

When necessary the research student can follow, in part, relevant Masters courses available within the School and in particular units on research methodology. In some cases, research students are encouraged to follow other courses available within the University or externally aimed at improving their general expertise in their chosen areas.

In addition, they may be encouraged to follow language courses aimed at improving their oral and written skills - both essential in their future careers.

Transferable skills

A research degree will equip you with many transferable skills. The self-discipline, the demand for clear analytical thinking, and the ability to turn criticism of others work into something constructive of your own, all constitute a unique training for almost any kind of career. The excitement and satisfaction of finding new facts, a new idea, or a new way of looking at something can be highly rewarding.

Attending conferences

Research students are often sponsored to attend national and international conferences and to meet leading scientists in their fields and to present their research findings. The progress of all research students is formally monitored by the University's Research Degree Committee.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Facilities

Psychology facilities - the 'Pub Lab'

LSBU's cutting-edge new 'Pub Lab' facility is fitted with cameras and microphones to help staff and students to investigate the motivations behind why people drink in the ways that they do.

Entry requirements

Applicants for a Research Degree programme at LSBU are usually expected to have a good honours degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably merit at a Master level. Please also supply two academic references as part of your application. You will also be required to show proof of all of your qualifications. If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS score of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level. You will be invited to an interview with your potential supervisor, in person or by telephone, prior to an offer being made.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start Date Application code Application mode
Full-time 3 years January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November P052650 See below
Part-time 5 years January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November P052650 See below
Distance learning 6 years January; February; March; April; May; September; October; November 9074 See below

Home/EU postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system.

Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

International applicants should use our international application system. Full details can be found on our How to apply section for international students.

Considering your application

Your application will be circulated to a number of potential supervisors who will look at your academic qualifications, experience and the research proposal to decide whether your research interest is something that could be supervised at LSBU.

There will also be an interview either by telephone or at the University. If you are successful you will be offered a place on a course and informed of the next enrolment date. The whole process normally takes between six to eight weeks, from receipt of your application to a decision being made about your application at the School.

Research proposal

When applying, please attach an outline of your research proposal (approximately 1,500 words).

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Program taught in:
English

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Last updated February 17, 2019
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Year 1 full-time UK/EU fee: £4325; Year 1 full-time International fee: £13780. Year 1 part-time UK/EU fee: £2162.5; Year 1 part-time International fee: £6890
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