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Research degrees in Psychology

We welcome postgraduate students and visiting research fellows who wish to undertake research in our areas of interest (see below). Research students are registered for a University of London degrees (PhD) and work under the supervision of members of academic staff. Students may receive financial support (research studentships) offered by the research councils (including CASE studentships in collaboration with an industrial sponsor). A limited number of College studentships are also available.

For a full list of studentships and current projects visit the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences website.

Entry requirements

Generally, students with upper-second class (or better) BSc honours degrees or equivalent are eligible to apply for admission to research degrees. Please see the individual entry requirements for each research project on the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences website.

For international students, please refer to the International students section.

Biological and experimental psychology

Research in this area focuses on the ultimate (evolutionary) and proximate (genetic, developmental and neurobiological) mechanisms responsible for cognition and behaviour. A central consideration for this group concerns cognitive evolution and the biological basis of human cognition and social behaviour. We also place a strong emphasis on the experimental approach to research problems in these fields of psychology.

Innovative and interdisciplinary research explores how environmental factors and biological mechanism underlie perception, cognition and behaviour. We study these questions from multiple perspectives using both animal models and humans.

Our recent research using animal models has explored:

  • How foraging bees solve the traveling salesman problem
  • How brain gene expression influences memory formation in songbirds
  • How vocalisations can be used to assess animal welfare
  • Whether zebrafish are a viable model for studying impulse control, attention and addiction

Research with humans has:

  • Elucidated how the sense of control modulates our assessment of threats and responses to complex dynamic environments
  • Which factors underlie creative thought
  • How social relations and gene-environment interactions can influence health, well-being and developmental trajectories

For more information see: School of Biological and Chemical Sciences - Biological and Experimental Psychology.

To view a current list of postgraduate research projects go to the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences website.

See also:

If you are interested in a postgraduate research degree within one of the other departments of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences please see: research degrees in biological and chemical sciences.

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