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What will I learn?

This course provides a world-class research environment for postgraduate students in Biological, Cognitive, Social or Developmental Psychology along with more applied aspects such as Educational Psychology, Forensic/Criminological Psychology, Neuroscience (including Neurorehabilitation) and Health Psychology. Much of our research is interdisciplinary both within the department and outside of the department. You will be asked to submit an outline research proposal. It is strongly advised that you approach a potential supervisor before completing this, in order to ensure that they are willing and able to supervise your studies, and that your proposed research is a suitable fit with their research interests. Research students normally have both a primary and additional research supervisor, or two primary co-supervisors, as their supervisory team. We offer a high level of support to our research postgraduates and students are expected to meet with their supervisors at least once per fortnight, and the regularity of meetings is monitored by the Director of Research Students as well as your progression tutor (a departmental academic who is not a supervisor). We use a variety of techniques to answer our questions relating to adult and infant brains including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS), electroencephalography (EEG), eye movement tracking, biophysiological recording as well as the analysis of visuomotor action and psychophysical performance. Our research involves patients with different neurodevelopmental (e.g. ADHD, autism, developmental dyslexia, Williams Syndrome), neurological (e.g. patients with brain lesions, split brain patients) and psychiatric disorders (e.g. bipolar disorder, schizophrenia) as well as healthy participants of all ages, ranging from infants to late adulthood.

Which department am I in?

Psychology

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£21,465.00 (US$ 29,533) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected October 2021

Venue

Durham University

The Palatine Centre,

Stockton Road,

Durham,

DH1 3LE, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.3 or better out of 4.0.

For international students

This will normally involve both an appropriate undergraduate degree at upper second or first class level and a Masters degree in Psychology or relevant other subject. The department will also need to be satisfied that your proposed research is viable and that we are able to provide appropriate supervision and resources. Students need to have: IELTS: 7.0 with no component under 6.5; TOEFL iBT: 102 with no component under 25; 185 (minimum of 176 per component) in Cambridge Scale (CPE or CAE); Pearson Academic (PTE): 70 (with no less than 62 in each Communicative Skill).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Durham University

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