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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.

The Course

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 academic supervisors who have specialist knowledge of the subject area. Students can also receive training in research methods and have the opportunity to contribute to the School’s seminar series.

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. Particular areas of research expertise in the School include: evolution and developmental psychology; forensic and clinical psychology; identity and psychologies; and perception, action, and cognition.

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

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

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:

  • Evolution and developmental psychology
  • Forensic and clinical psychology
  • Identity and psychologies
  • Perception, action, and cognition.

Visit the School’s research webpages to find out more at:

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.
A PhD is usually awarded based on the quality of the student’s thesis and ability to present and successfully defend their chosen research topic in an oral examination (viva voce). They 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.
Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

The suitability of applicants is assessed on the basis of these main aspects:

  • The suitability of the proposed project in terms of time-frame, resources needed, and the possibility to run the study (assessed based on the research project proposal and interview)
  • The motivation of the applicant to complete the programme (assessed based on the cover letter and interview)
  • Previous experience and qualifications (assessed based on the CV)
  • Level of overlap between applicants’ proposed project and a supervisor’s research interests (capacity of the supervisors to successfully guide the applicant during the programme).
2020/21 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,407 £2,204
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,526 £1,763
International £16,100 £8,050
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£14,100 £7,050
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £710 £710
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,308 £2,308


2019/20 Entry*Full-timePart-time
Home/EU £4,327 £2,164
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,462 £1,731
International £15,800 £7,900
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship £2,000 reduction)***
£13,800 £6,900
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £696 £696
Thesis Pending International (MPhil/PhD only) £2,263 £2,263


* Academic year August – July

** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.

*** Subject to eligibility. Reduction applied to first year’s fees only.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced 'writing-up' fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

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

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.

Expert image Bonaventura Majolo

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 Barbery macaque. Dr Majolo is also a member of the School of Psychology Research Committee.

Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

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.

Psychology with Forensic Psychology image for Abbie Morano quote

Since the start of my PhD, I have received tremendous support and advice from my supervisors, staff and fellow PhD students across several departments within the university. I have 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


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

The University has invested more than £350 million in its buildings and facilities. Further plans to invest in additional facilities, along with the refurbishment of existing buildings across our campus, are underway. Based on the picturesque Brayford Pool marina, everything you need is either on campus or a short walk away.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.