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The award
PhD

How long you will study
3 years

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How you will study
full-time

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About Psychology at Swansea University

Course Overview

Unlocking the secrets of the human mind is one of modern science's greatest challenges. Psychology, the study of human behaviour, helps us to make sense of how we understand the world, what makes us laugh or cry, why we are conscious, and why we make the choices we do. Studying for a PhD or MPhil is a truly challenging and deeply rewarding experience, and Swansea University provides an excellent environment in which to pursue your research studies.

We invite applications in the following areas:

Clinical and Health Psychology

Researchers in this group look to apply the principles of psychology to both the physical and mental health of the population.

Learning and Behaviour

This group examines the mechanisms that allow behaviour and thoughts to adapt to the environment, and investigates the role of learning and memory processes in generating such ?exible and adaptive behaviours.

Cognition and Perception

Our work in this field spans research into areas such as the perception, identification and processing of static and dynamic visual objects and events, or the inhibitory processes involved in memory and forgetting in both the theoretical and applied setting.

Brain and Behaviour

This research group is exploring the integration of neuroscience and behaviour. One such area is brain chemistry and the effect of eating, nutrition, and recreational drug use on cognition, mood and behaviour.

Evolutionary Behavioural Science

This group explores how evolution and the credo

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Notes about fees for this course

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International Ph.D. Full-time £4,280 £17,200 Ph.D. Part-time £2,140 £8,600 M.Phil. Full-time £4,280 £17,200 M.Phil. Part-time £2,140 £8,600

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

Note: The UK/EU fee is indicative pending confirmation from RCUK

If your course starts in January, April or July 2018 please refer to the 2017/18 fee costs on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the PhD programme would normally have, or be studying for a Master's degree, while our MPhil programme requires a first or upper second degree in a discipline related to the proposed research project, or a relevant, approved postgraduate qualification.  In some cases, there may be opportunities for MPhil students to continue their studies as a PhD student.

We welcome applications by prospective students from around the world and look for evidence of previous study that is equivalent to the entry requirements stated above. The Postgraduate Admissions Office is happy to advise you on whether your qualifications are suitable for entry to the course you would like to study. Please email admissions@swansea.ac.uk for further information.

If English is not your first language you will need an acceptable pass in an approved English Language qualification to make sure you get the full benefit from studying at Swansea. We consider a wide range of qualifications, including the Swansea University English Test, the British Council IELTS test (with a score of at least 6.5 in each component). A full list of acceptable English Language tests can be found here.

Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate).

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