Modes and duration
- Full-time: 3 years
- Part-time: 5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
- £21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)
- All applicants:
- 30 June 2015
- Scholarship applicants:
- 31 January 2015
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.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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.
Select your country:
- Behavioural neuroscience
- Cognitive neuroscience
- Sensory SystemsLearning and memory
- 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.
More scholarships are listed on the scholarships 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 degree
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Magdeburg, Germany (2012)
- Lecturer, Birkbeck College, London (2013)
- Postdoctoral Researcher, University of British Columbia, Canada (2013)
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Santa Barbara (2014)
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.
Student / staff ratios › 34 staff › 0 taught students › 50 research students
Department: Experimental Psychology
"There are many differences between how Psychology is taught in my country (Italy) compared to UCL and more in general in the UK. First, UCL tends to stress the importance of an evidence-based, scientific approach in researching and studying psychology significantly more than Italian universities, which give more importance to its philosophical and theoretical aspects. In my opinion an evidence-based, empirical approach as pursued by UCL is crucial for generating high quality research.Second, there are many funding opportunities at UCL that are often not available in my country; for example many Italian PhD students do not usually attend international conferences, this is in contrast with my experience at UCL. In addition, UCL offers a vast range of seminars, lectures and opportunities to meet and connect with other researchers and discipline. This is a great way to develop new ideas and receive different types of feedback."
Giulia BellesiSubject: Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences PhD
"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 MarozziSubject: Behavioural Neuroscience PhD
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.
Who can apply?
- All applicants
- Scholarship applicants
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now