PhD Research

Develop your research and studies with a PhD doctorate.

All our academic staff are active researchers, who are at the leading edge of their research field. We have an outstanding reputation for ongoing research in our specialist areas:

  • cognitive psychology
  • developmental psychology
  • social psychology
  • neuroscience

This makes for a world-class research environment for you to pursue your studies.

To further your interest in PhD Research, we recommend that you contact a relevant member of staff to discuss topic areas. Staff can also help you to develop and scope an appropriate proposal. We particularly support applications to work with early-career staff. A list of current research interests can be found here."

The postgraduate environment

Our postgraduates are members of a lively, cosmopolitan community. At present, we have students studying for a PhD from India, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea, Indonesia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia as well as EU countries and across the UK.

We encourage PhD students at Lancaster to contribute to the intellectual life of the Department. This includes attending departmental seminars, and joining our research groups. You will have access to our excellent facilities, including dedicated computing and research laboratories.

Areas of research

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 100% of our research was found to be of international standing and 75% was considered world-leading or internationally excellent. With Department research focusing on four key themes, you can choose to study from a range of topics while receiving expert support and with access to dedicated resources.

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Course Description

PhD study is an individual and bespoke research experience. It does not involve a rigid, timetabled course and there are many different training paths that lead to a PhD. We have a well-established system for ensuring suitable progress, and a track record of successful submission and high completion rate. 100% of PhD-track students submit within 4 years full-time study or equivalent.

There are several key principles to PhD training success.

  • Supervisors use their experience and expertise to help select topics that are ambitious and yet manageable.
  • Support from more than one supervisor, further advice about a range of issues can be sought.
  • We use monitoring and assessment processes to keep track of your progress. These helps us to find any emerging training issues. This helps you to remain confident and reflect on development opportunities.
  • We encourage you to engage with our research groups and research culture. This can include an annual departmental postgraduate convention.
  • We give you a wide variety of training opportunities, including MSc modules. There are also opportunities available from the Faculty of Science and Technology, and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Funding for PhDs

The Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship Programme offers training for a new generation of scientists of multidisciplinary approaches to infant and toddler cognitive and social development. The programme employs behavioural, neuroscientific, psychophysical and computational modelling techniques. The programme offers five PhD studentships per year over three years from 2015 - 2017. Lancaster University is funding a total of seven further studentships in the three years after that.

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