Our postgraduate research degree (PhD/MPhil) in Psychology is awarded for a thesis reporting original research by a student under the supervision of, typically, two members of staff. Very occasionally, the department is also able to take on a student undertaking a PhD by Published Work.
Our programme can enable postgraduate training for a career as an academic researcher, but also serves excellent preparation for a career as a professional psychologist (e.g., clinical, organisational, and school psychologist), or as a consultant or professional in different fields of industry. In addition to subject-related knowledge, a Psychology research degree provides valuable transferable skills in data analysis and management, written and oral communication, teamwork and time management.
PhD students are initially registered for an MPhil (PhD Track) with the expectation that their registration will be upgraded to PhD contingent upon satisfactory progress. Such upgrades normally take place at the first annual review.
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Minimum English Language Requirements
|English Level Description||IELTS (1.0 -9.0)||TOEFL IBT (0-120)||TOEFL CBT (0-300)||PTE (10-90)|
|Extremely Limited||< 4||< 31||< 93||< 30|
Job Opportunity Potential
We’ll help you fulfil your ambitions by giving you the skills and knowldge to propel your career further.
Our graduates are some of the most sought-after by leading employers. We are in the top 40 in the world for our reputation with employers (QS World University Rankings 2021), and we were marked out as the third most targeted university nationally by the UK’s top 100 graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2020, High Fliers Research Ltd).
The value of a Warwick education is reflected in the high quality of job roles that our postgraduates take up after they leave Warwick. The average salary of postgraduates who completed their course at Warwick in 2017 (six months after graduating was £32,000 (Destinations of Leavers From Higher Education survey).
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We work proactively with a wide range of employers, from start-up organisations to multinationals across all job sectors, meaning you can build connections that help you get ahead:
- Over 7,000 vacancies advertised from employers looking to connect with our students
- Careers Fairs, which may be hosted virtually while social distancing is in place. These will ënable you to talk to graduate employers. You can also find information on topics including CVs and Applications, Interviews, LinkedIn Profiles and Assessment Centres.
Your career path is unique to you, so our Student Opportunity: Careers team offer personalised support to help you develop your skills, plan or develop your career path and get experience. You can access a variety of support services from Student Opportunity at any point during your time at Warwick and after graduation.
- Real-time and recorded webinars and virtual workshops, including contributions from graduate recruiters
- Help with job applications and interviews
- Face-to-face and online courses to help develop your skills, including leadership, enterprise and communication
- Access to 1,000s of employer vacancies targeted at Warwick students and graduates
- Careers Fairs, which may be hosted virtually.These will help provide information on topics including CVs and Applications, Interviews, LinkedIn Profiles and Assessment Centres
- Bespoke support from Senior Careers Consultants linked to specific academic departments
If you’re looking to pursue a career in academia or just to hone your research skills, we can support you to develop your academic practice through our extensive range of workshops, events and one-to-one support. Our Masters Skills Programme (MSP) and Research Student Skills Programme (RSSP) and Transferable skills programme allow you to learn at your own pace and choose the options that suit you best.
There are many flexible employment opportunities on campus and with local employers, which can provide extra income as well as useful experience and skills development.
Our temping agency Unitemps offers you the flexibility to apply for single shifts, particular days of the week, or even fulltime over several months.
As a research student, you may be able to access teaching opportunities through your academic department. Responsibilities vary, but could include seminar teaching, laboratory demonstrations, or exam and essay marking.
We recommend that you check with your department before starting any part-time work to ensure it doesn’t impact on your academic work. If you’re an international student, you’ll also need to check your visa provisions and restrictions.
Our many student volunteers help to maintain our strong relationship with the local community. They also contribute to wider humanitarian and environmental causes. If you’re keen to help others, you can access a variety of volunteering and campaigning opportunities through Warwick Volunteers, SU societies and special projects like Warwick in Africa.
Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria
For applicants looking to apply to our Postgraduate Taught or Research degrees, we would require a minimum First class or upper Second only, with minimum 60-80% depending on your institution. Applicants with a 5 year LLB from a recognised Indian institution will be considered with minimum 55-60% depending on the institution.
POSTGRADUATE APPLICANTS: At Warwick, postgraduate courses require a UK degree score of ‘Second class or higher’, however some courses (typically in the Sciences) require a ‘Lower Second (2.2) or higher’ while other courses (typically in the Arts & Social Sciences) require an ‘Upper Second (2.1) or higher’.
English Language Test Bands
All courses have been assigned to one of four International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Bands (A to D). This table indicates the English Language test band assigned to each department/course. Here is a summary of required standards for accepted English Language test bands.
Band A courses
Overall IELTS (Academic or UKVI) score of 6.5 and component scores.
Band B courses
Overall IELTS (Academic or UKVI) score of 7.0 and component scores.
Band C courses
Overall IELTS (Academic or UKVI) score of 7.5 and component scores.
Band D courses
Overall IELTS (Academic or UKVI) score of 8.0 and component scores.
Alternatively if you have not taken an IELTS (Academic or UKVI) test, find out which other English language tests are approved by the University.
- Course Code: P-C8P1
- Course Type: Full Time
- Course Level: Doctoral Degree/PhD
- Duration: 04 Year
Total Tuition Fee:
Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
Application Fee: N/A