Research Degrees in


in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care


Do you want to advance or change your career, deepen your expertise in a topic, or expand your research and practical skills?

With a PhD or other postgraduate research degree in Psychology you will:

  • Work with leading experts in the field. We are a renowned centre for the study of health. In the most recent national research evaluation, 73% of our Allied Health research was rated world leading or internationally excellent (REF2014). We are in the top 20 universities in the UK for health research power (Research Fortnight).
  • Choose from our flexible study pathways. You can pursue research as a full-time or part-time student. We offer a number of research degrees, including the PhD, MPhil and Master's by Research.
  • Join a thriving intellectual community. Our new Health, Psychology and Communities research centre brings together researchers across a number of disciplines with the aim of improving the future health and wellbeing of local, national and international communities.
  • Make use of advanced facilities to support your research. Our award-winning Brooks Building includes experimental testing rooms for quantitative work, and interview booths for undertaking qualitative research.
  • Benefit from our range of partnerships. Our researchers work in collaboration with external groups, such as local councils, academics, pharmacology companies, sports teams, health services, and charities.
  • Undertake tailored personal and professional development training. You can build your own programme of training to enhance your academic knowledge, expand your research skills, and/or prepare you for practice in the psychology, health and social care sectors.

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Areas of supervisory expertise

We can supervise a wide range of Psychology projects. Particular areas of expertise include:

  • Parapsychology
  • Experimental memory
  • Performance psychology
  • Developmental psychology
  • Applied cognition & performance
  • Forensic psychology
  • Social critical and community
  • Neuropsychobiology, health and psychological interventions.

Find out more about our staff's expertise

Research culture

We are engaged in wide-ranging inter- and multi-disciplinary research on parapsychology, the health services, disability and rehabilitation, sport, learning difficulties, and other areas of applied behavioural science. We undertake theory- and practice-driven research, which aims to expand knowledge and deliver interventions that will improve systems and individual wellbeing.

More about our research culture

We are home to the Applied Psychology and Behaviour research group, which blends quantitative and qualitative methodologies to deliver rigorous, impactful research that positively intervenes in people’s behaviours.

We have also recently launched the new Health, Psychology and Communities research centre. This centre brings together researchers from a number of disciplines in order to undertake research that transforms health and social care services.

Our postgraduate researchers are a core part of our intellectual community. We will encourage you to take part in conferences, seminars and engagement events at Manchester Met and beyond. We will also support you to develop the technical and research skills necessary to excel in your studies and your future career.

Courses offered, duration, and start dates

Programmes offered

  • PhD (3 years full time, 6 years part time)
  • Master's by Research (1 year full time, 2 years part time)
  • MPhil (18 months full time, 36 months part time)
  • PhD by Published Work or Professional Practice (course duration varies by route taken and candidate's background).
  • Professional Doctorate in Health and Social Care (3 years full time, 6 years part time).

Find out more about the different research degrees we offer

Start dates

The majority of our students enrol in October. We offer further enrolment points in January and April.

Career prospects

Our research degrees enable you to deepen your existing professional practice, or develop the skills necessary to go on to practice in the psychology, health and social care sectors.

Our intellectually rigorous research training will also provide you with vital technical and research skills necessary for careers in academia, charities, health and social care organisations, and a range of other sectors.

Course structure

This course is research based. You will independently conduct research into your own topic or a topic that we advertise. Your supervisory team will offer expert guidance throughout your studies and review work in progress.

Each year, you will follow a programme of training and development to enhance your research methods, subject-matter expertise and professional skills.

Fees and funding

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Postgraduate Research Degrees Fees

Please refer to our Fees page for more information about tuition fees.

Loans for research degrees

Many of our PhD and Professional Doctorate programmes are eligible for the government's Doctoral Loan Scheme. MPhil and MA/MSc by Research degrees are eligible for a Postgraduate Loan.

Find out more about tuition fees and financial support


Each year we offer a number of competitive scholarships to support high quality research projects. Current scholarship opportunities in Health and Social Care are advertised on our site.

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White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership

We are a member of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership which allows us to offer fully funded scholarships in the fields of Wellbeing, Health and Communities. Contact us for more information.

Entry requirements

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You should, as a minimum, have a first or 2.1 honours degree or an equivalent qualification.

International students must demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability.

We welcome interest from applicants from non-standard backgrounds. We will take subject knowledge, professional experience, publications, or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment into consideration.

See more about our standard entry requirements.


Before applying for a research degree, you should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff about your project and ideas. To arrange this, please email Dr Neil Dagnall,, the Research Degrees Co-ordinator for the Department of Psychology.

For further information on the application process, contact the Admissions team, +44 (0)161 247 2966

How to apply

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The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online using the link below. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Before you apply, you should discuss your project with a member of academic staff. You should also complete the Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information form which you will then upload to the ‘Student documents’ section of the application form. This collects key information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

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