As an MSc by Research, MPhil or PhD student, you will have the opportunity to conduct independent research into an area of psychology of your choice and produce an extended thesis with guidance from two academic supervisors.
The School’s active research base ensures academic staff are involved in current debates and that they are up-to-date with emerging developments in psychology.
Particular areas of research expertise in the School include cognitive and behavioural development, applied clinical and forensic psychology, the experience and negotiation of identity, cognitive neuroscience, visual perception and memory.
As a postgraduate researcher in the School of Psychology, you will be supervised by academics with specialist knowledge of your subject area. You can also receive training in research methods and have the opportunity to contribute to the School’s seminar series.
Research Areas, Projects & Topics
Research areas include:
-Evolution and developmental psychology
-Forensic and clinical psychology
-Identity and psychologies
-Perception, action and cognition
Please visit the Research pages of the School to find areas you are interested in, and to identify potential academic supervisors: http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/psychology/research/
You are invited to contact the supervisors that you feel are best suited to your research area to discuss the process further.
How You Study
Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisors, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.
How You Are Assessed
A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.
Career and Personal Development
Research at postgraduate level provides the opportunity to advance your knowledge and can provide an excellent foundation for a career in academia or research, as well as in senior roles within psychology.