PhD in Psychology

London South Bank University

Program Description

PhD in Psychology

London South Bank University

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 Ph.D., 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 Ph.D. 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 recognized, 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 behavior. 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 behaviors 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 a particular expertise in research with children, the elderly and those with autism spectrum disorder

Lived Experiences in Mental Health and Distress
Researching lived experiences of mental distress, centering 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


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.

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

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 honors degree (2:2 and above) and a relevant postgraduate qualification, preferably a merit at Master's 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated May 11, 2018
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Year 1 full-time UK/EU fee: £4260; Year 1 full-time International fee: £13125. Year 1 part-time UK/EU fee: £2556; Year 1 part-time International fee: £7875