UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


MPhil/PhD in Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology

The Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology is able to offer MPhil/PhD opportunities in the following broad areas:

  • Clinical Psychology:child development and developmental problems; adolescent psychopharmacology; substance use and addiction; post-traumatic stress disorder; mood disorders; eating disorders; psychosis and models of psychosis; borderline personality disorder; dementia; pain; psychotherapies; psychotherapy outcome.
  • Educational Psychology: longitudinal studies investigating the benefits of strategic learning in medical education; investigations of individual and contextual influences on the social inclusion in mainstream schools of children who have special educational needs, studies of emotional intelligence in children, assessment of cognitive processing difficulties experienced by children who have dyslexia, and evaluation of web-supported and other innovative teaching approaches in professional education.
  • Health Psychology: Pain rehabilitation; Risk and social representations in relation to health, illness, earthquakes and climate change; applying psychological theory to designing and evaluating behaviour change interventions; the processes of implementing evidence based practice (e.g. clinical guidelines, behavioural support for smoking cessation); digital behaviour change interventions.

For more information about the research groups in this department, please select the following link: www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/research/cehp

General Information about Studying for an MPhil/PhD in our Division:

Full-time: 3 years, including the time registered as an MPhil student. If the thesis is not submitted within this time, students may register as Completing Research Students for 1 additional year.

Part time: 5 years, including the time registered as an MPhil student. If the thesis is not submitted within this time, students may register as Completing Research Students for 2 additional years.

Research topics
 Dr Will Mandy
Business Psychology
Dr Gorkan Ahmetoglu
Dr Dimitrios Tsivrikos
Clinical Psychopharmacology
Dr Sunjeev Kamboj
Dr Ravi Das
Dr Georgina Charlesworth
Dr Aimee Spector
Developmental Psychopathology
Professor Pasco Fearon
Professor Peter Fonagy
Developmental Risk and Resilience
Professor Eamon McCrory
Professor Essi Viding
Dr Jean-Baptiste Pingault
Eating Disorders
Dr Lucy Serpell
Health Psychology research
Professor Susan Michie
Personality and Psychometrics
Professor K V Petrides
Psychology of Risk
Professor Helene Joffe
Psychological treatments
Professor Stephen Pilling

A majority of PhD students go on to postdoctoral positions and academic careers at institutions including UCL, Oxford University, Macquarie University, Yuan Ze University, Harvard University, Exeter University and the Eugenio Medea Institute. Many graduates of our specialist doctorates go on to become professional practitioners either in the NHS, local councils, charities, in private practice or other settings.


To be admitted as a research student, applicants usually obtain a source of funding from a recognised funding body. Self-funded students will only be admitted on a full-time basis if they can provide evidence that they will have sufficient funds to support themselves for a minimum of three years.


UCL has been selected as a Doctoral Training Centre by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Division can offer a small number of ESRC funded PhD Studentships. These are available to UK/EU students only.

The Division also awards a number of Demonstratorships. These involve a set number of hours teaching but also allow time for MPhil/PhD study. These awards include a stipend and tuition fees for MPhil/PhD. They are open to UK/EU students.

There are also a small number of UCL Graduate School Research Scholarships. Students must be first nominated by the Research Department in order to apply. These Scholarships are open to UK/EU or Oversees students. Further details can be found on the UCL Graduate School webpages.

PhD Administrator: Sharinjeet Dhimans.dhiman@ucl.ac.uk