Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in psychology or a cognate discipline that is relevant to your proposed research.
For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.
No Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or GMAT scores are sought.
You do not need to have a previous master’s degree to apply for this course. However, if you wish to be considered for the ESRC +3 funding then a previous master’s that is recognised by the ESRC will be required. Please contact the department for further advice.
Other appropriate indicators will include:
References/letters of recommendation
Your references will support intellectual ability, academic achievement, motivation, ability to work in a group.
Both academic references and professional references from employment relevant to the course are acceptable.
The research proposal should be no more than four pages long, single spaced and in English, outlining your proposed area of research.
This will be assessed for:
- the coherence of the proposal
- the originality of the project
- evidence of motivation for and understanding of the proposed area of study
- the ability to present a reasoned case in English
- the feasibility of successfully completing the project in the time frame available for the course (a maximum of four years)
- commitment to the subject, beyond the requirements of the degree course
- preliminary knowledge of research techniques
- capacity for sustained and intense work
- reasoning ability
- ability to absorb new ideas, often presented abstractly, at a rapid pace.
You should be prepared to defend your proposal, orally, should you be shortlisted for interview.
It is usual for your ideas to subsequently change in some ways as you investigate the evidence and develop your project. You should nevertheless make the best effort you can to demonstrate the extent of your research question, sources and method at this point in the application process.