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Applied psychology

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Work in this area is wide ranging and the Department of Psychology has a strong reputation for innovative and policy-relevant high quality research. As with applied cognitive research, the department offers a vibrant and collegial research culture with a track record of externally funded projects. The International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research also provides a framework for collaborative research activity, ensuring a vibrant and supportive structure for those undertaking PhD study.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil

Fees:

For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent) We normally expect applicants to have an appropriate masters degree, including some research methods. A recognised MSc (Research Methods) is required for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships.

Potential research projects

  • The application of psychological knowledge and principles to real-world contexts, including legal and policing issues
  • Dual tasking capabilities affected by cognitive abilities
  • Learning and problem solving in complex, real world domains
  • Use of the internet as a tool for primary quantitative psychological research, including methodological issues of validity and ethics

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Name:
Emily Smith
Email:
psych-res-apps@open.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1908 653947

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.