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Applying to study for a PhD in psychology
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Are you a psychology student or graduate? Are you interested in studying for a PhD at some future point? Do you want to learn more about PhD study in the UK? Do you know how to apply?

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand what studying for a PhD in Psychology entails, and the main differences from study on taught courses like a BSc or MSc in psychology
  • Understand the qualifications, skills and interests required for PhD study
  • Make an informed decision about whether to undertake PhD study in the future
  • Understand the procedure for applying to do a PhD in psychology
  • Identify PhD study opportunities
  • Begin to develop a strong proposal that can be part of an application to a university and/or prospective supervisor(s).

Course Curriculum

    • Introduction 00:40:00
    • Taking forward a career in psychology: some options 00:20:00
    • Checking your expectations: the PhD skillset 00:10:00
    • Finding your starting point: a PhD research area and topic 00:45:00
    • Understanding the application procedures 00:10:00
    • Step 1: Finding a supervisor 00:15:00
    • Step 2: Formal application procedures 00:10:00
    • The funding step 00:20:00
    • Introduction 00:10:00
    • Consider necessary life changes 00:10:00
    • Plan your schedule 00:10:00
    • Online searches 00:15:00
    • Thinking through your proposal 00:20:00
    • Writing the research proposal, CV and application letter 00:10:00
    • The research proposal 00:20:00
    • The CV 00:15:00
    • Covering letter and application form 00:15:00
    • Preparation for an interview 00:20:00
    • What do the interviewers want? 00:20:00
    • Conclusion 00:20:00

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