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Psychology MPhil, PhD

Our MPhil and PhD Psychology specialises in many research areas of psychology. We accept both funded and self-funded students.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024
  • January 2025
  • April 2025
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Newcastle University has a world-class reputation and leading researchers and clinicians working in the field of psychology. With our new facilities we are well placed to offer psychology research opportunities of the highest standard. We accept both funded and self-funded students.

Our Psychology MPhil and PhD are based within the Faculty of Medical Sciences. The programme is delivered in the School of Psychology and the relevant Research Institutes for:

  • Biosciences
  • Population Health Sciences
  • Translational and Clinical Research

Our Psychology MPhil and PhD cover many areas of specialism in psychology, including:

  • animal behaviour
  • clinical psychology
  • evolutionary psychology
  • forensic psychology
  • applied health psychology and behavioural science
  • perception, cognition, and neuroscience
  • sport, exercise, and coaching psychology

We use a wide range of methodologies and cutting-edge tools to support psychological inquiry and clinical research. Our teams develop and evaluate psychological interventions and co-produce resources with partners from across the region. We work with voluntary and community groups, the NHS, local Government and have partnerships across the globe.

Research projects align to the Newcastle University Centres for Research Excellence including the Centre for Healthier Lives, Centre for Ageing and Inequalities, and Centre for Transformative Neuroscience.

We conduct research on topics including:

  • addiction studies
  • advertising and consumer behaviour
  • cancer survivorship
  • cognitive skills development
  • Dementia
  • developmental disorders
  • health and wellbeing
  • human cognition
  • learning and memory
  • mental health including anxiety disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • offending behaviour
  • pedagogy
  • visual perception

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Qualifications explained

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How you'll learn

Your development

Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) researcher development programme 

Each faculty offers a researcher development programme for its postgraduate research students. We have designed your programme to help you:

  • perform better as a researcher
  • boost your career prospects
  • broaden your impact
  • Through workshops and activities, it will build your transferable skills and increase your confidence.

You’ll cover:

  • techniques for effective research
  • methods for better collaborative working
  • essential professional standards and requirements
  • Your programme is flexible. You can adapt it to meet your changing needs as you progress through your doctorate.

Find out more about the FMS researcher development programme

Doctoral training and partnerships

There are opportunities to undertake your PhD at Newcastle within a:

  • Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT)
  • Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)

Being part of a CDT or DTP has many benefits:

  • they combine research expertise and training of a number of leading universities, academic schools and academics.
  • you’ll study alongside a cohort of other PhD students
  • they’re often interdisciplinary
  • your PhD may be funded

Find out more about doctoral training and partnerships

If there are currently opportunities available in your subject area you’ll find them when you search for funding in the fees and funding section on this course.

The following centres/partnerships below may have PhD opportunities available in your subject area in the future:

Newcastle Liverpool Durham BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Your future

Our Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You’ll spend most of your time within the School of Psychology where you’ll find scholars, clinicians and researchers working together to understand the mind, brain, and behaviour. We are located in the Dame Margaret Barbour Building, a new bespoke facility offering an excellent environment for learning, teaching, and research. Our psychology facilities include:

  • psychological testing cubicles
  • medical consultation rooms
  • media and behaviour lab
  • forensic interviewing suite

Housed within the School is the Psychological Therapies Training and Research Clinic which offers one to one Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for students at Newcastle University.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

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You'll have a number of opportunities to meet us throughout the year including:

  • campus tours
  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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We regularly travel overseas to meet with students interested in studying at Newcastle University.

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Dr Kate Swainston School Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator School of Psychology
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2087562


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