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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

About us

The Department of Psychology is a dynamic and varied research community covering the cognitive and neural underpinnings of social interaction, learning, memory, and language, through to more applied research topics in forensic, health, and developmental psychology.

Our academic staff work at the forefront of their field, across psychological science and neuroscience, with an active, thriving postgraduate research community.

We are located on a beautiful campus in Surrey, close to London and we have a wide range of research-dedicated facilities.

The department has earned a Silver Athena SWAN award for best practice in equal opportunities and our inclusive environment.

We invite candidates to discuss possible research topics with a potential supervisor before submitting a formal application.

Research facilities and environment

Principal Investigators and their lab groups are supported by state-of-the-art facilities (fMRI, EEG, TMS, tDCS, VR, and eye-tracking as well as labs dedicated to sleep, vestibular-multisensory integration, psychophysiology, psycholinguistics, and infant cognition), and the department provides a supportive environment for the scientific training of doctoral students through one-on-one mentoring, regular training events, student-led seminars, and journal clubs.


Students who are admitted to this programme are initially registered on a MPhil programme. Before their second year of studies they will have an upgrade meeting, if successful, they will become registered on the PhD Psychology programme.

To be awarded a PhD Psychology degree, students must submit their thesis, and pass their viva examination with one internal and one external examiner.

Your future career

Our PGR students often continue in careers in academia (Post-doctoral work, Teaching Fellow, Lecturer) or onto research in business and industry. Our former PGR students have moved into academia, into industry as statisticians, into marketing and neuromarketing, government (eg, Office for National Statistics), policy, cybersecurity, and have become founders of Tech start ups and charities.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 21,000per 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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Royal Holloway, University of London

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  • Campus address

    Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, England

International students will find themselves in a diverse community: students from more than 125 countries live and study at Royal Holloway.
The university welcomes and supports international students. Its dedicated team can help with any questions students may have about studying in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    17th out of 118 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    141 68%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    68.0 68%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%



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