Clinical Psychology

PhD/MSc by Research

The PhD/MSc by Research programme provides the opportunity to do a substantial piece of research in an area linked to clinical and health psychology and to develop excellent research skills in the process.

Why choose the PhD/MSc by Research?

The PhD/MSc by Research programme offers the possibility to work with and be supervised by a range of clinical academics across many areas of psychology, who have international reputations and outstanding publications in their areas of expertise.



Name PhD/MSc by Research
Start Date

Recommended start dates are September and January. 

You should submit your application at least two months before the proposed start date.

Mode of study PhD: 3 years Full-time, 6 years Part-time. MSc by Research: 1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time
Programme Leader Dr Helen Sharpe

Areas of expertise include:

  • Mindfulness and third-wave approaches to health and mental health
  • Eating behaviours and disorders
  • Psychosis and complex mental health conditions
  • Risk and resilience in children and adolescents
  • Psychological treatments
  • Violent behaviour
  • Sexual offending


The aims of the PhD/MSc by Research in Clinical Psychology programme are:


The PhD programme runs over three years full-time and six years part-time.

Career prospects

The research degrees within Clinical Psychology are designed to help you develop your skills for a successful future in research, as an academic or health professional.

Entry requirements

Please ensure you have read the entry requirements for this programme and are confident of meeting the criteria before applying online.


Fees for the PhD/MSc by Research are available below. Fees are subject to change every academic year.


We operate a gathered field approach for PhD and MSc by Research applications, find out how this works.
Staff members available to be principal supervisor for PhDs:
  • Stella Chan
  • David Gillanders
  • Karen Goodall
  • Helen Griffiths
  • Ken MacMahon
  • Paul Morris
  • Emily Newman
  • Suzanne O'Rourke
  • Ethel Quayle
  • Corinne Reid
  • Matthias Schwannauer
  • Emily Taylor
  • Jo Williams

The research interests of the Clinical Psychology team are detailed within the research section of this website.

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PhD by Distance


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