We have a strong research culture in the Department of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. All of our staff engage in research that informs their teaching.

This research culture is supported by a thriving external speaker programme and large numbers of postgraduate students. Psychology research takes place in a friendly and supportive environment within the Department of Psychology.

Staff in the Department of Psychology have wide-ranging research expertise. This expertise is structured into five research clusters. Most research work in Psychology comes within the Faculty's Applied Psychology and Behaviour Change Research Group:

Neuropsychobiology, Health and Psychological Interventions
Coordinators: Dr Maria Cordero and Dr Jo Ashby

Developmental Psychology
Coordinator: Dr Jeremy Oldfield

Applied Cognition & Performance
Coordinator: Dr Neil Dagnall

Forensic Psychology
Coodinators: Dr Michelle Wright and Dr Hannah Fawcett

Social Critical and Community
Coordinator: Professor Rebecca Lawthom and Dr Jenny Cole

Find out more about our staff

For more information on the Applied Psychology and Behaviour Change Research Group contact Professor Sarah Grogan or Professor Sue Powell

State of the Art Facilities

The Department of Psychology has a wide range of well-equipped laboratories to support research. We have rooms for running computer-based experiments in cognitive psychology and interview rooms for use in qualitative research.

We are engaged in wide-ranging inter- and multi-disciplinary research in health services, disability and rehabilitation, learning disability, and other areas of applied behavioural science. We work in collaboration with external groups such as local councils, the police and probation service, pharmacology companies, stop smoking services and charities. We collaborate with academics from other UK universities and internationally. We currently hold grants from the National Institute of Health Research and the Economic and Social Research Council.

Research Opportunities

Do you want to advance or change your career, focus your knowledge or enhance your expertise? Then perhaps a full-time or part-time research degree is for you. Exciting opportunities are available in the Department of Psychology to study for research degree awards:

During your research degree you will have the opportunity to be part of the RIHSC annual conference and benefit from the wide variety of postgraduate research development programme activities and postgraduate research passport training.

Find out more about research degrees

We would like to hear from applicants with their own research questions as well as those who are interested in any of the above.


Please contact Dr Neil Dagnall for an informal chat or further information.