We're committed to developing our postgraduates into skilled researchers who can conduct rigorous research using a variety of methods and analytic techniques.
Supervision can be offered in any of the areas of departmental activity.
During your first year you may take a range of taught modules including research methods, theory, and statistics; requirements will vary depending on any postgraduate training you have already undertaken.
You will attend and contribute to research seminars, and through departmental and Goldsmiths-wide modules you will also be encouraged to develop practical skills such as public speaking, poster preparation, scientific writing, and how to interact with the media.
You will meet regularly with your supervisor, and develop a structured approach to designing, executing, analysing and writing up your research.
You will have access to the Department of Psychology's range of laboratories, testing rooms and research equipment. You will also have an annual allowance to contribute towards your research expenses and/or conference attendance.
Find out more about research degrees at Goldsmiths.
What kind of research could I do?
We are able to support PhD research in most areas of psychology. Some students have already formulated specific research ideas before they apply here, and find a supervisor in the department who is able to help them develop these into a doctoral research programme; if this applies to you, see information on the expertise of all our staff and contact any who you think may be able to help you to pursue these.
Other students are attracted by the research interests of our staff, and may decide to undertake a project that has been suggested by them and which relates to their ongoing research. To explore these or other research ideas, start by emailing the member of staff whose research interests you and make arrangements with them to discuss research ideas.
You need to agree on a research proposal with a potential supervisor before you apply to the programme.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Denise Barry
Our postgraduate students are offered a stimulating study environment in which to research their higher degree. We have a thriving postgraduate school with some 50 current students on full-time and part-time programmes, including mature students and students from the EU and overseas.
Training and support
All our MPhil/PhD students are assigned a specific research supervisor (or sometimes joint supervisors).
Students undergo comprehensive training in psychological research methods (unless they already hold an MSc approved by the ESRC) in line with current ESRC training guidelines, including quantitative and qualitative research methods. This is mainly during the first year of registration (or first two years for part-time students. Students also attend various short generic research skills and methods training modules run by the College.
Students have full access to the Department's excellent facilities for lab and field research, and first-rate technical support is available from the Department's team of full-time technical staff.
Progress and assessment
Students initially register for an MPhil until they achieve satisfactory upgrading to PhD status. This is dependent upon satisfactory progress reports, an upgrading report and a viva. The upgrading report is usually completed after 12 months full-time, or 24 months part-time. The report will include a plan of the thesis, a timetable, and one draft thesis chapter (or equivalent) and will be discussed at a presentation to the Departmental Postgraduate Committee.
Students will also be required to present their work at the Postgraduate symposium. Submission of the thesis is the final stage of the work, when your completed thesis is presented for examination (viva voce).
Most postgraduates take three years to complete a PhD full-time, and four to six years part-time. The maximum time period from registration to submission is four years of full-time study (eight years part-time). Your progress on your thesis is regularly monitored by the Department's Postgraduate Programmes Committee. The Head of Department can recommend suspension from the programme at any stage if progress is not satisfactory.
All full-time students have their own workplace and a networked computer with access to relevant software. Part-time students also have access to a networked computer, generally shared between two or three students. We also run a psychological test library for staff and students.
Seminars and presentations
Our postgraduates have regular opportunities to meet with other students and to make contact with staff. The Department runs a number of active visiting lecturer seminar series. There are also several specialised research groups that hold regular meetings and talks that are open to staff, researchers and postgraduate students. Postgraduates are also strongly encouraged to present their work as a paper or poster at national or international conferences and financial support is set aside for this.
Psychology at Goldsmiths is ranked joint 3rd in the UK
for the quality of our research*, and in the world's elite**
How does music affect mood?
Why do some people believe in the paranormal?
How do people with autism think?
In the Department of Psychology we try and investigate questions like this, conducting research that’s relevant to a range of sectors and industries – from advertising to education, and from banking to the public sector.
You’ll be taught by experts in the field, who are carrying out research that’s world class. And you’ll learn in a department with excellent specialist and general-purpose research laboratories, including:
- EEG and brain stimulation labs for neuroscience research
- a visual perception and attention laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art eye tracking systems
- an infant lab
- in-house technical support staff
Find out more about the Department of Psychology.
*Research Excellence Framework 2014, Times Higher Education research intensity subject rankings
**QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
Skills & careers
You will receive training in and develop wide-ranging research skills, including:
- database searching and bibliographic skills
- managing and analysing data
- presentation and communication skills
- quantitative and qualitative research methods
- handling legal and ethical issues in research
- research design
- project management
Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths.
You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area.
You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.
English language requirements
If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements to study with us.
For this programme we require:
IELTS 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0
If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
How to apply
You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. You will also need to attach a copy of your completed Psychology departmental application form.
On the online form you will need to provide:
- Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
- The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
- Contact details of a second referee
- A personal statement – This can be copied and pasted from your personal statement that you will include in the departmental application form
- If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particulary important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isnt mandatory)
For the department form you will need to provide:
- A research proposal
- A proposed timeline for your PhD
- A personal statement
- The name of your proposed supervisor at Goldsmiths
- A statement of support from your proposed supervisor at Goldsmiths
- Funding eligibility
- Any training needs you might have
- Whether you're intending part-time or full-time study
Note that all aspects of the application are required for an application to be considered. Your application will not be considered until all of this information is included in your application.
You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.
When to apply
Applications for ESRC-funded studentships and Departmental studentships must be received by 5PM (UK time) on 17 January 2018.
Applications from candidates who are self-funded are accepted throughout the year. Interviews will be arranged on an ad hoc basis. Decisions will normally be made within two weeks of the interview. Find out more about tuition fees.
Admission to the programme is based on an interview and the panel’s assessment of your application. Online interviews can be arranged when necessary. Find out more about applying.
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Fees, funding & scholarships
Find out more about tuition fees.
The department offers a number of studentships through ESRC funding (via the South East Network for Social Science) and Departmental Bursaries. You must indicate on the departmental application form if you wish to be considered for one of these studentships.
To find out more about ESRC funding available to the department please go to the SeNSS webstite.