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MPhil/PhD programme

What we offer

The Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science offers a unique doctoral programme aimed at students within multi-disciplinary areas of expertise including social psychology, behavioural science, communication, environmental psychology, organisational psychology and economic psychology. We are surrounded by some of the best facilities in the world, including the Behavioural Lab for Teaching and Research, and situated right in the heart of London and policymaking.

The programme offers a chance to undertake a substantial piece of work that is worthy of publication, and which makes an original contribution to the field of psychological and behavioural science.

Our research addresses theoretical concerns within psychological and behavioural science, and is applicable in practical contexts (eg, organisations, wellbeing, environment, developing countries, the Global South, public policy).

You will have the opportunity to undertake fieldwork in many settings including experimental laboratories, organisations and countries outside of the UK. You will be encouraged to present at international conferences and publish in international journals. Part-time positions for research, teaching and editorial assistance are often available, offering you valuable experience and publication opportunities.

PhD students are very much part of the department's research culture and are involved with staff in relevant seminar and research workshops.


Funding is available from a variety of School administered sources. For information about this, please visit our MPhil/PhD admissions frequently asked questions page

PhD destinations

Many of our PhD graduates are now in faculty and researcher positions within academia, both in the UK and overseas. We have also seen a number of alumni move to key positions in consulting, technology, healthcare, research and not-for-profit organisations. To hear from some of our graduates, visit our PhD alumni profiles


Read our comprehensive frequently asked questions for the MPhil/PhD Psychological and Behavioural Science programme.

Current PhD students

See who our current PhD students are and the topics they are researching on our PBS people page.

How to apply

Visit our prospectus page for more information on how to apply. 

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