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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology   APPLY

  Study Mode
FULL TIME,PART TIME
  Level
PHD-DOCTORATE
  Duration
3 Years (full-time) 4 Years (part-time)
  Intake
January, March, June & September
  Tution Fees
N/A

The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology degree is a research higher degree. This research postgraduate programme equips graduates with advanced knowledge of research methods and the skills to independently conduct research in many areas of behavioural science. Students conduct original research which extends the frontiers of knowledge in a specialised area of Psychology. As a result of acquiring the abilities needed to undertake independent research graduates will also develop problem solving and critical thinking skills which can be applied in their future learning and work environments.

The core domains of Psychology are: Biological Psychology (which includes the areas of hormones and behaviour, brain function, and genetics), Cognitive Psychology (which includes the areas of attention, perception, learning, and language), Developmental Psychology (which includes the areas of lifespan development, and the social and cultural contexts of development), Individual Differences (which includes the areas of personality, intelligence, motivation, and mental health), Social Psychology (which includes the areas of attribution, attitudes, group processes and intergroup relations, and close relationships), and Research Methods (which includes the techniques for the systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data to answer a certain question or solve a problem).

Completion of the programme allows students to become experts who are able to facilitate and contribute to the advancement of Psychology. This is a required qualification for people who wish to go onto a career as an academic or independent researcher in Psychology.

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

Prior to starting their thesis students complete two taught modules: Advanced Research Design and Advanced Statistics. These modules help students develop the necessary skills to complete their research proposal. In consultation with their research supervisors, students identify a research problem based on findings from existing research. They then design and conduct research on the identified problem or issue using a range of scientific techniques while following the required ethical standards. They therefore make a unique contribution to understanding the issue under consideration or develop new solutions to address the identified problem.

AREA OF RESEARCH 

  • Biological Psychology - includes the areas of hormones and behaviour, brain function, and genetics
  • Cognitive Psychology - includes the areas of attention, perception, learning, and language
  • Developmental Psychology - includes the areas of lifespan development, and the social and cultural contexts of development
  • Individual Differences - includes the areas of personality, intelligence, motivation, and mental health
  • Social Psychology - includes the areas of attribution, attitudes, group processes and intergroup relations, and close relationships
  • Applied Psychology - includes the areas of clinical and health psychology, education or school psychology, and industrial and organisational psychology.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s Degree               A Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology or equivalent with a CGPA of 3.00 AND

Master’s Degree                   A Master’s degree in Psychology

Other Qualifications             Any other qualifications will be considered on a case-to-case basis*

*For case-to-case basis an interview may be required

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

ELTS  7.0
TOEFL    600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), 95 (Internet-based)
PTE Academic    65
MUET Band 5
Cambridge English: Advanced/CEFR185 (Grade A)/C1
Cambridge English: Advanced/CEFR185 (Grade C)/C1
SPM English 1119    2A

CAREER PROSPECTS

  • Lecturer
  • Researcher
  • Research consultant
  • Technical consultant
  • Technical author
  • Senior analyst

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