The Department of Applied Psychology offers both PhD and MPhil degrees in applied psychology related to our core areas of interest.
You will be registered for an MPhil for the first year of your studies unless you hold a masters degree in an approved discipline. You will then continue to the PhD programme on satisfactory completion of the course requirements for the first year. The minimum period required for an MPhil is one year fulltime or two years part-time.
The minimum period required for a PhD is two years full-time, or three years for research staff. Most PhD students register for three years and you will be expected to complete all experimental and research work and to have written up all or most of the thesis by the end of the three years.
The final assessment of your degree will be via the written thesis and a viva voce (oral) examination. However, progression through the programme also involves satisfactory completion of research training. The training element is designed to equip you with the necessary research, communication, information technology, personal development and employment skills. This training will be tailored to your individual needs as a student.
Postgraduate research training also includes Faculty Research Seminars and activities within the University’s Graduate School, and will help you to develop practical skills important for your career development.
Research projects are usually placed within the relevant research cluster or managed as a collaboration across clusters. You will undertake research with two members of the academic staff as supervisors (primary and supporting), becoming a member of one of the department’s research groups. We would welcome applications on areas covered by our research groups, which include:
- career decision making at work
- chronic illness at work
- expatriate adjustment
- individual differences, coping and work performance
- occupational health and migrant workers
- organisational culture/climate
- risk assessment and work stress
- work engagement
- work-life balance
- work-related violence, bullying and harassment
How to apply for MPhil/PhD
If you are interested in applying to do an MPhil or PhD with the Department of Applied Psychology we would recommend that you contact us and discuss your research project proposal with the relevant supervisor in the first instance. You can then visit our applications pages to find out how to apply.
An upper second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline which contains psychology. A masters degree either in psychology or with an element of psychology is highly advantageous.
Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants must have graduated from an approved university
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.5 (no elements below 6.0)
TOEFL (iBT): 88 (no elements below 19)
PTE (Academic): 62 (minimum 55)
IELTS and TOEFL test results must be less than 2 years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test