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Course options

  • Qualification

    MPhil - Master of Philosophy

  • Location

    Brunel University London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

MPhil option
Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.

Research profile
Research in the area of Culture and Evolution focuses on cultural variation in, and evolutionary origins of, psychology and behaviour – integration of proximate and ultimate perspectives, across levels of analysis from individual biology and personality, through group and social processes to the broader culture. Our research brings together outstanding evolutionary, cross-cultural and other psychologists and will include evolutionary approaches to human psychology such as human behavioural ecology categorised in these three strands:

Relationships – E.g. interpersonal attraction and mate choice, relationship maintenance and satisfaction, jealousy etc. Also intergroup relations (between cultures and ethnic groups).
Morality – E.g. what is considered right and wrong, political beliefs, views on resource distribution etc.
Conflict & Cooperation – E.g. interpersonal and intergroup, sexual conflict and intrasexual competition, sources of conflict such as inequality etc.

Some more specific examples of topics emphasised by CCE researchers—all relevant to at least one of the above themes—are listed below, followed by the names of CCE members conducting research in each topic.

Attitudes towards, and behavioral consequences of, inequality (Clark, Pound, Price, Scott)
Close personal relationships (Gaines, Marshall)
Community and wellbeing (Launay, Price)
Competitiveness and risk-taking among males (Pound)
Cooperation within groups, including between leaders and followers (Price, Scott)
Cultural variation in prosocial behaviours (Imada)
Emotions in social relationships, such as jealousy (Imada, Marshall, Schuetzwohl)
Impact of social media on relationships (Marshall)
Music, singing, and social bonding (Launay)
Physical and physiological (e.g. gait, muscularity, hormonal) predictors of social and moral attitudes (Clark, Pound, Price)
Physical attractiveness, mate preferences and mating strategies (Clark, Pound, Price, Scott)
Relationship of facial morphology to political and moral attitudes (Pound, Scott)
Relevance of ethnicity in personal relationships (Gaines)

Employability
Careers and your future

Paid work available to research students
Undertaking teaching and learning support duties represents an important professional and career development opportunity for postgraduate research students. Brunel offers two levels of paid work available to Postgraduate Research students. The first level post is as a Demonstrator and the second level post is as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Teaching and learning support duties will vary between Departments and research students should not rely on such opportunities being available.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,860per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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Brunel University London

  • University League Table

    84th

  • Campus address

    Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Hillingdon, UB8 3PH, England

All new international students have guaranteed campus accommodation.
Pre-sessional English courses provide students with intensive English language training before the start of their academic studies.
Brunel offers more than 100 scholarships every year to help international students pay their fees and living costs.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    63rd out of 103 3

    84th out of 118 10

    63rd out of 102 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    117 51%

    66th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    73 73%

    55th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.91 78%

    87th

    5
  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    113 53%

    75th

    11
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    57 57%

    82nd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.69 74%

    112th

    6
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    108 55%

    75th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    52 52%

    65th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%

    45th

    40

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