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MPhil/PhD Psychology - Research Opportunities MPhil/PhD Psychology - Research Opportunities

Research expertise in the School of Psychology include cognitive and behavioural development, applied clinical and forensic psychology, the experience and negotiation of identity, cognitive neuroscience, visual perception, and memory.

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Welcome to MPhil/PhD Psychology - Research Opportunities

MPhil and PhD students are able to conduct independent research into an area of psychology of their choice and produce an extended thesis with guidance from two/three academic supervisors who have specialist knowledge of the subject area. Students can also receive training in the research methods relevant for their project and are expected to contribute to the School's research environment.

The PhD is the most advanced research degree in psychology. It is particularly suitable for students who want to pursue an academic career but it also gives a broad range of career opportunities. Students are usually enrolled in an MPhil/PhD degree in their first year and then transfer to a PhD degree at the start of their second year.

The School's active research base ensures academic staff are involved in current debates and that they are up-to-date with emerging developments in psychology. Research in the School is organised in three research groups (Forensic and Clinical Psychology; Perception, Action, and Cognition; Development and Social Behaviour) and two research centres (Autism Research Innovation Centre and Lincoln Cleep Centre).

Please visit the research pages of the School find out more, and to identify potential academic supervisors:

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/psychology/research/

Potential applicants are invited to contact the supervisors that they feel are best suited to their research area to discuss the process further.

Welcome to MPhil/PhD Psychology - Research Opportunities

MPhil and PhD students are able to conduct independent research into an area of psychology of their choice and produce an extended thesis with guidance from two/three academic supervisors who have specialist knowledge of the subject area. Students can also receive training in the research methods relevant for their project and are expected to contribute to the School's research environment.

The PhD is the most advanced research degree in psychology. It is particularly suitable for students who want to pursue an academic career but it also gives a broad range of career opportunities. Students are usually enrolled in an MPhil/PhD degree in their first year and then transfer to a PhD degree at the start of their second year.

The School's active research base ensures academic staff are involved in current debates and that they are up-to-date with emerging developments in psychology. Research in the School is organised in three research groups (Forensic and Clinical Psychology; Perception, Action, and Cognition; Development and Social Behaviour) and two research centres (Autism Research Innovation Centre and Lincoln Cleep Centre).

Please visit the research pages of the School find out more, and to identify potential academic supervisors:

http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/psychology/research/

Potential applicants are invited to contact the supervisors that they feel are best suited to their research area to discuss the process further.

Research Areas and Topics

The School of Psychology has a strong and growing reputation for fundamental and applied research with international impact.

Postgraduate research students are placed at the heart of our research activity. Our research is supported by a wide range of funding bodies, published in top-ranking journals, and presented at international conferences. The School fosters a vibrant and outward facing culture and encourages members of the public and non-academic organisations to become partners and collaborators in our research.

Particular areas of research expertise in the School include:

  • Development and social behaviour
  • Forensic and clinical psychology
  • Perception, action, and cognition
  • Autism
  • Sleep.

Please visit the Research pages of the School to find areas you are interested in, and to identify potential academic supervisors:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/psychology/research/researchopportunities/

You are invited to contact the supervisors that you feel are best suited to your research area to discuss the process further. Other projects may also be available so please contact potential supervisors to enquire further.

 

One Fee-waiver PhD Studentship

The School of Psychology is offering one fee-waiver PhD studentship for three years. The studentship covers fees for British citizens and residents (Home status). International applicants are eligible to apply, but will need to cover the difference in fees between the Home and International rate.

This studentship is available for six projects. Detailed information about the projects and how to apply can be found at https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/postgraduatestudy/researchstudentships/.

The deadline for applications is 15 October 2021 and interviews of shortlisted applicants will take place at the end of October. The preferred start date is January 2022 or soon thereafter. This is a full-time studentship, however applications for part-time positions will be considered. Full-time students will be expected to do a minimum of 144 hrs of teaching activity per year.

Career Opportunities

Students may choose to embark on an academic career, or work within industry or the public/private sector or charities.

The opportunities available will depend on the topic of students’ research projects and on the set of skills students develop during the programme of study.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

How You Study

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisor, but the frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of programme.

We encourage students to be actively involved in the research activities of the School, to improve their communication skills, network, and to broaden their knowledge of the different areas of psychological research.

Students are expected to attend the weekly research seminars of the School and to take part in the meetings of their relevant research group or centre. They will also be asked to give at least two talks about their project to members of their group or centre, usually in the first and in the final year of their degree.

Students are expected to attend the 1-hour long weekly School seminar and the meeting of their research group or centre (both meeting are usually on Wednesdays).

The amount of time dedicated to self-study, to meetings with the supervisors or to training depends on the specific project.

How You Study

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students will have meetings with their academic supervisor, but the frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of programme.

We encourage students to be actively involved in the research activities of the School, to improve their communication skills, network, and to broaden their knowledge of the different areas of psychological research.

Students are expected to attend the weekly research seminars of the School and to take part in the meetings of their relevant research group or centre. They will also be asked to give at least two talks about their project to members of their group or centre, usually in the first and in the final year of their degree.

Students are expected to attend the 1-hour long weekly School seminar and the meeting of their research group or centre (both meeting are usually on Wednesdays).

The amount of time dedicated to self-study, to meetings with the supervisors or to training depends on the specific project.

Facilities

The Sarah Swift Building is home to the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. The building houses specialist teaching and research spaces for both Schools, as well as general teaching and learning facilities for the wider University.

How you are assessed

An MPhil or PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of the students thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce).

The oral examination is attended by two examiners (a member of the school not involved in the project and an examiner from another University), a viva chair and the student. The examiners are chosen by the Director of studies and the supervisory team, in agreement with the student; they read and review the thesis before the viva.

The viva chair is responsible for making sure the examination is conducted in accordance to University regulations. The students are expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding. Finally, they are expected to demonstrate that they can become an independent researcher at the end of the programme.

An MPhil or PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of the students thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce).

The oral examination is attended by two examiners (a member of the school not involved in the project and an examiner from another University), a viva chair and the student. The examiners are chosen by the Director of studies and the supervisory team, in agreement with the student; they read and review the thesis before the viva.

The viva chair is responsible for making sure the examination is conducted in accordance to University regulations. The students are expected to demonstrate how their research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding. Finally, they are expected to demonstrate that they can become an independent researcher at the end of the programme.

Entry Requirements 2021-22

A first of upper second class honours degree, or a Master's degree in a relevant subject.

Entry Requirements 2022-23

A first of upper second class honours degree, or a Master's degree in a relevant subject.

Interviews

Applications for an MPhil/PhD are reviewed by the Postgraduate Committee of the School and then passed to the potential supervisors.

The applicant will attend an interview, in person or online, with at least two members of the School, usually the potential Director of Studies and second supervisor. The supervisors will make a recommendation to the Post-Graduate Committee, based on the interview, the applicant’s CV, the feasibility of the proposed project and its financial costs. The applicant will be informed on the outcome of their application by the College Postgraduate Board.

"I really enjoyed the collaborative environment and training opportunities available as a postgraduate student, as well as conducting research independently and as part of a research team."

Sophie Mohamed, PhD student
Dr Bonaventura Majolo - School of Psychology Postgraduate Research Lead

Dr Bonaventura Majolo - School of Psychology Postgraduate Research Lead

Dr Majolo is the Postgraduate Research Lead for the School of Psychology. His research interests include primate socio-ecology and he is the Director of the Barbary Macaque Project which looks at the socio-ecology of the Barbary macaque. Dr Majolo is also a member of the School of Psychology Research Committee.

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