Pursue your research passions!

Studying for a research degree is a truly challenging and rewarding experience that gives you the chance to pursue a research project based around your own interests, and that can ultimately lead to real-life benefits for the wider world.

Our research degree programmes are ideal for anyone interested in pursuing a career in academia; wishing to improve their employment prospects in a particular discipline; wishing to develop their skills in their chosen professional career; is passionate about following a programme of research based on their own interests; or for the sense of personal achievement from successfully following a programme of research.

All the information on these pages can be found in our brochure for Postgraduate Research Degrees.


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What can I study?

We are currently accepting applications in:

Research programmes focus purely on an original research idea and it is essential you ensure your research idea complements the expertise within the College to ensure you have access to the supervisory support you need.

The diversity of our research means we have experience in a wide range of differing types of research, including:

  • basic and applied research (including laboratory based experiments)
  • policy and professional practice research
  • qualitative research
  • action research (interfaces education, practice and research)

What are research degrees?

Research degrees are intensive programmes of study designed to develop you into an independent researcher.

Two experienced researchers (supervisors) will provide the guidance and support you need throughout your studies, but you will also need to be a committed, motivated self-starter. Each year your work will be assessed to ensure that sufficient progress has taken place to allow you to continue your studies.

Your studies will lead to submission of a thesis summarising your research, findings and conclusions. This will then be followed by an oral examination of your thesis where you defend your work (called a viva).

The College offers the following research programmes:

  • Masters in Philosophy (MPhil)
  • Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctorate in Professional Practice (DProf)

What support is available?

  • Two supervisors experienced in their fields of research
  • An extensive collection of books and periodicals for loan, over 1,000 conventional study spaces, over 450 student PCs and a dedicated postgraduate study space
  • Access to the online library catalogue and learning resources
  • Access to SPSS and NVivo analytical software, along with internet, wireless network, student email account and personal file store
  • English language training if needed
  • A skills development programme for research students focussing on research skills and enhancing your employability
  • Access to state of the art psychology laboratory facilities
  • Access to a Service User and Carer Involvement Group

Funding, such as Psychology teaching studentships, ESRC studentship, etc are periodically available. Whenever funding is available, all opportunities are advertised at www.swansea.ac.uk/postgraduate/scholarships/research/.

Want to apply?

For information and advice on applying for a research programme, please visit the postgraduate research pages:

Research Programmes

For further information  on our postgraduate research programmes or wish to speak to a relevant member of academic staff then please contact Mrs Maria Davis, +44(0) 1792 295309 or CHHS Postgraduate Research Academy

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