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Experimental Psychology MPhil/PhD

Experimental Psychology offers a world class research environment with a focus on behaviour and its neural underpinnings. Our program helps develop students into future academic or complimentary careers including clinical or educational psychology, and consultancy or applied research. A strong benefit of studying here is exposure to these diverse careers.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£4,770 (FT) £2,385 (PT)
£22,180 (FT) £11,090 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Close: 30 June 2016
Scholarship applicants
Close: 31 January 2016
Fees note: All fees quoted are for new students only for 2016 entry. Fees for subsequent years are subject to increase by approximately 3-5%.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or a taught UK Master’s degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject. Overseas applicants also need to satisfy the English language requirements.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Research in the department covers behavioural neuroscience, perceptual and cognitive sciences, and cognitive neuroscience. These themes are explored using state-of-the-art facilities within the department, including brain imaging (fMRI) and stimulation (TMS), behavioural testing and systems neuroscience.

Research areas

  • Behavioural neuroscience
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Sensory Systems
  • Learning and memory
  • Language
  • Cognitive and decision making
  • Social cognition


Students entering the MPhil/PhD program at Experimental Psychology are supported by a number of sources. A number of departmental demonstratorships/teaching assistantships are available. UCL has been selected as a Doctoral Training Centre by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and some students are supported by ESRC funded PhD studentships (UK/EU students only).

UCL is also part of similar DTC’s such as those run by the BBSRC and MRC and the department hosts a number of students from each of these programs. Finally, many researchers in the department have established collaborations with outside industry, which help support several PhD studentships. Other sources of funding include the UCL Grand Challenges studentship programme, UCL Graduate Research Scholarships, UCL Overseas Research Scholarships, and the four-year Wellcome Scholarship.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Many students who complete a PhD in the department stay in academia, either going on to become postdoctoral researchers or research assistants, and ultimately professors. Some go on to further training in fields such as clinical psychology, educational psychology, consultancy or applied research. Others enter industry in consultant and professional roles. A PhD degree taken at UCL is recognised both nationally and internationally as a qualification of the highest status.

Top career destinations for this programme:

  • Lecturer, Birkbeck College, 2013
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2013
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara, 2014
  • Behavioural Expert, Barclays Bank, 2014
  • Office of Surveys MEthods Research, Bureau of Labor Statistics, USA, 2013
  • Lecturer, Birkbeck College, 2013

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Magdeburg, Germany
  • Lecturer, Birkbeck College, London
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara


Post-graduate students find that Experimental Psychology provides a number of career pathways. Many of our former students progress into academic research as postdoctoral researchers, and ultimately professors. Many instead expand their training into complimentary fields such as clinical psychology, educational psychology, consultancy or applied research. One of the major benefits of studying in Experimental Psychology is the opportunuity to form long lasting connections with other students who go on to these diverse careers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Students in Experimental Psychology receive unparalleled training in the design, implementation and analysis of psychological experiments. Our research is recognised internationally for sophisticated experimental design and statistical approaches to the analysis of human behaviour, and brain work. Students also benefit from embedded UCL research centres focusing on human brain imaging, brain stimulation, behavioural neuroscience, deafness and multi-modal communication. Our training and research environment allows students to work alongside elite academics and forge unique research agendas.

To find out more about Experimental Psychology's MPhil/PhD programme please visit our website.

Student / staff ratios › 54 staff including 20 postdocs › 57 research students

Department: Experimental Psychology

Degree reviews

Alumni review

"UCL is one of the best universities in the world, carrying out ground-breaking research. I wanted to be part of a thriving academic environment, with connections to some of the best researchers and academics in my field. London is also one of the most exciting and interesting cities in which to live and work. Why would I want to study anywhere else?! "

Elizabeth Marozzi

Behavioural Neuroscience PhD (2014)
Executive Officer, UCL
Staff review

"UCL is an intellectual hub for work in cognitive science and decision making. This excellence, paired with its central London location, makes UCL a magnet for top people from all over the globe. For a top university situated in an urban environment, the level of collegiality is outstanding."

Professor Bradley Love

Cognitive and Decision Sciences MSc and Experimental Psychology MPhil/PhD
UCL Experimental Psychology
Student review

"I am fascinated by the complexity of the human brain and behaviour. I find it exciting to investigate and research how people with different personality traits and conditions approach everyday problems and situations. The idea that my work in the long-term may have an impact and help individuals to cope better with their psychological and practical difficulties inspires me to keep working and doing what I do."

Giulia Bellesi

Experimental Psychology

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Application deadlines

All applicants
30 June 2016
Scholarship applicants
31 January 2016
Applications for competitive funding awarded by UCL must arrive in January in the year you wish to start. Please contact potential supervisors and the department before January to discuss application procedures and deadlines. If other sources of funding are being considered, it is still in your interest to apply by the January deadline, but later applications can sometimes be considered. Applications should be made as soon as possible, and up to 12 months in advance of the start date and not later than 30 June for entry in September/October.

For more information see our Applications page.

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