PhD Psychology programme

The University of Edinburgh has one of the top-ranked Psychology departments in the UK for research.

Psychology at Edinburgh brings together world-class researchers approaching the scientific study of mind and behaviour through a range of topics - from language development to dementia, personality to paranormal beliefs. The department benefits from a vibrant postgraduate community and strong interdisciplinary links with colleagues in medicine, informatics, linguistics, biology and public health.

You may also be interested in the psychology programmes offered by the School of Health in Social Science:

Postgraduate research programmes in Clinical Psychology, Counselling & Psychotherapy

Research interests

Find out about our areas of research and staff interest

When to apply

We operate a gathered field approach to PhD applications, find out how this works

Help with your application

Guidance for applicants applying to the PhD programme

Contact us

Please get in touch with us should you have any questions about the programme

Funding opportunities for research students

For research students wishing to study at the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Visiting research students

How to apply to the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) as a visiting student

Our research community

Our PhD students are actively encouraged to join in the regular meetings to discuss research, books and papers.

Find out more about our research seminars and reading groups

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