Psychology MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time, part-time)


January, April 2019, September

MPhil: Full-time, from 1 to 3 years. Part-time, from 2 to 4 years.

PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.

PhD: Full-time, from 2 to 5 years. Part-time, from 3 to 6 years.


Students undertaking a PhD in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin become part of a newly established and rapidly expanding centre of research excellence. We have world-leading staff members in each of the core areas of Psychology, with particular strengths in cognitive neuroscience, cognition and emotion, social psychology and health psychology.

Full description

Supervision and support

Our supervisors will meet you regularly to discuss your progress formally and are available any time for support or advice. There are also extensive study resources online.

If your work is interdisciplinary we can involve relevant specialists from other departments.

Our supervisory staff are recognised experts in their field. Their research expertise includes:

  • Dr Fiona Ashworth - Fiona’s main areas of interests are the psychological interventions and cognitive rehabilitation aimed at alleviating the emotional and cognitive consequences of acquired brain injury.
  • Dr Jane Aspell - Jane is a cognitive neuroscientist and her research focuses on the multisensory bodily basis for self-consciousness.
  • Prof Peter Bright - Peter Bright is a Professor of Psychology and his research interests are in memory, cognitive control and intelligence.
  • Dr Matt Bristow - Matt’s research concentrates on psycho-neuro-immunology and the psychophysiology of stress.
  • Dr Flavia Cardini - Flavia’s research is focused on the study of the brain representation of one’s own body as a result of the interaction between information from different sensory modalities.
  • Dr Mick Finlay - Mick is a social psychologist conducting research in two main areas: intellectual disabilities and political conflict between groups.
  • Dr Ruth Ford - Ruth studies the cognitive and social development of young children, focusing on memory, cognitive control, and social cognition. Her research encompasses both theoretical and applied projects.
  • Dr Annelie Harvey - Annelie is a social psychologist interested in the psychology of justice. Her research considers how people react to victims and instances of misfortune.
  • Dr Cathrine Jansson-Boyd - Cathrine is a consumer psychologist with a particular interest in tactile perception and environmentally friendly consumption. Additionally, she is interested in how consumers aesthetically evaluate products and consumer environments.
  • Dr Emma Kaminskiy - Emma is a lecturer in our Department of Psychology, and the course leader for BSc (Hons) Abnormal & Clinical Psychology.
  • Dr Helen Keyes - Helen researches how experienced and novice drivers’ brains process the road environment, as well as how the brain processes our own face and other familiar faces.
  • Dr Sarah Kuppen - Sarah’s expertise is in child development, particularly in the areas of language and literacy. She's also interested in evidence-based parenting, where scientific research is used to guide parenting practices.
  • Dr John Lambie - John’s research focuses on emotion and reflective awareness. He is interested in how being more reflectively aware helps us to cope with emotions and thus have greater well-being.
  • Dr Eimear Lee - Eimear is a lecturer in psychology, and her research interests include biological psychology, health psychology, personality and individual differences, and psychosocial influences on health.
  • Dr Daragh McDermott - Daragh is a social psychologist whose research examines the psychology of prejudice and intergroup relations, in particular towards sexual (i.e., gay and lesbian) and gender (i.e., trans) minorities.
  • Dr Sharon Morein-Zamir - Sharon’s research investigates the control of actions and thoughts, as it relates to disorders of compulsivity and impulsivity.
  • Dr Michael Pake - Michael is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and also acts as our undergraduate Admissions Tutor.
  • Dr David Pearson - David is a cognitive psychologist whose research examines the cognitive processes involved during memory, mental imagery and visuo-spatial thinking, with a particular focus on applications in the fields of clinical and environmental psychology.
  • Dr Richard Piech - Richard is a Senior Lecturer in our Department of Psychology. He holds an MSc and PhD, and his research focuses on affective neuroscience.
  • Dr Steven Stagg - Steven teaches on our clinical psychology Masters courses. His research interests include research methods and child development.
  • Prof Viren Swami - Viren is a social psychologist whose research focuses on the psychology of human appearance and body image and, separately, the psychology of conspiracy theories.
  • Dr Jonathan Totman - Jonathan trained as a clinical psychologist and brings his experience working in mental health services to his teaching at Anglia Ruskin.
  • Dr Magdalena Zawisza - Magdalena is a senior lecturer in our Department of Psychology; her research interests fall into three general areas: consumer, gender and applied social psychology.

Where you'll research

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Engineering is one of the largest of the four faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full-time or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate.

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2018/19 (Part-time, per year)


International students, 2018/19 (per year)


International students, 2018/19 (part-time, per year)


Bench fees

In some cases extra costs known as bench fees will be charged for a postgraduate research degree. These are to cover additional/ exceptional costs directly related to a specific research project.

We charge bench fees in bands. They may apply for every year of your course. These bands are the same for full and part time students.

If you have to pay bench fees this will be made clear at your interview for a place. If have to pay bench fees this will be stated in your offer letter.

For 2018/19 the bench fee bands are:

  1. £500
  2. £1000
  3. £2000
  4. £4000
  5. £8000

PhD by Published Work

Initial registration: £1100
Full registration: £3500

Writing up fees 2018-19

Full-time: £1400
Part-time: £1000


For advice on funding, scholarships and PhD studentship opportunities, please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.

Our staff publish peer-reviewed articles, publish books, and write specialist book chapters on a wide range of psychological topics. We collaborate on research projects with external institutions, professional bodies and charities. For example we’re currently working with the NHS to develop better information services regarding AIDS treatment and an early indicator for psychosis.


We’ll provide comprehensive research training in areas such as academic writing and publishing, research methods, subject developments, data analysis, conference skills and presentation.

You can also access the Epigeum Suite of online skills training modules.

Contact details

If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities, please email

Entry requirements

MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.

PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.

Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.

If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

It's possible that research in this area will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate. If we make you an offer to study with us we'll also give you the information you need to apply to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for your ATAS certificate. Receiving the ATAS certificate takes approximately four weeks.

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