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PhD and DPsych

Psychology at NTU has nearly 90 research doctorate students either studying for a PhD or a DPsych in Forensic Psychology (Professional Doctorate). These students are an integral part of our research environment and culture, working with staff on a broad range of research topics using many different research methodologies, reflective of the breadth of expertise within the department.

NTU offers a selection of scholarships each year to support students in undertaking a full-time PhD with self-funded and part-time students also making up a significant proportion of our students.  Our students have won a selection of external awards including the British Psychological Society’s PsyPAG rising researcher award 2016 & The Allan McNeill Postgraduate Poster Prize, amongst others.

In addition to the excellent range of training and support available through the Doctoral School and the NTU Library, the psychology department supports development through research workshops designed specifically for doctoral students as well as full access to the facilities.

The recent 2019 PRES results confirm our excellent doctoral provision with over 90% reporting overall satisfaction with their studies and stating that they would recommend their courses to other students.

Kerry Manning
Kerry Manning, DPsych graduate

DPsych in Forensic Psychology (Professional Doctorate)

Our DPsych students are all registered forensic psychologists working in practice, wanting to develop their research skills at the highest levels - researching innovative applied areas of forensic psychology including stalking offences, extremism, developing measures of prison safety and evaluating substance-misuse rehabilitation.

DPsych student, Kerry Manning explained:

"The DPsych was perfect for me. As I’m already busy in full time work as a Forensic Psychologist, I needed a course that fit in with my busy life and existing commitments. I couldn’t just down tools to embark on a lengthy PhD, but still wanted to build my skills in research to enhance my work as a practitioner. The DPsych gives practitioners credit for the skills and experience they’ve already established, so I’ve been able to top up my existing expertise and really build my confidence as a researching practitioner."

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Psychology research is theoretically robust and makes a difference to individual lives and society across the full spectrum of human psychology.

The Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience Subject Area explores research into what makes us human, what it means to be alive, and why we behave in the ways we do. Our Researchers are involved in activity surrounding the workings of the brain; the processes and mechanisms of human thinking, feeling and behaviour; and how psychologists, psychological research and therapy can make a tangible and positive difference to people's lives and society.

We currently have four research clusters:

  • Addiction, Bullying, Crime and Desistance
  • Brain Cognition and Development
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Individuals, Identities and Cultures

Find out more about our research online.

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