Psychology (PhD) 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

The Research Degree

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A part time PhD is a six year programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 to 100,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members to advise and support you on your project.


Start date:
This research degree has multiple possible start dates including:
18 / 09 / 2017
08 / 01 / 2018
16 / 04 / 2018

Your start date may be decided in agreement with your supervisor.

Duration:

The maximum duration for a part time PhD is 6 years (72 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring.You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:

•  a Master's degree from a UK University or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or

•  an upper second class honours degree (2:1) from a UK university in a discipline appropriate to that of the proposed programme to be followed, or

•  appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

Further information on international entry requirements and English language entry requirements is available on our international webpages

Contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 1484 473969
Email: researchdegrees@hud.ac.uk

Places available:

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

(this number may be subject to change)

Location:
Huddersfield, HD1 3DH

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What can I research?

Research topics available for this degree:

There are several research topics available for this degree. See below for full details of individual research areas including an outline of the topics, the supervisor, funding information and eligibility criteria.

Research titleSupervisorsApply
A theoretical understanding of lie detection
Outline

To understand how people decide if others are lying or telling the truth. This project would approach the issue from a theoretical perspective, and may take (amongst other perspectives) a cognitive, decision-making, or developmental perspective.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Anxiety and working memory
Outline

Anxiety can be defined as an aversive motivational state that has a detrimental effect on task performance, particularly during demanding situations where the level of threat to the goals of the individual is high. As a consequence, anxiety has adverse effects on cognitive performance in situations which require processing information and which are attentionally demanding. The present project would explore the relationship between anxiety and cognitive performance and in particular working memory tasks such as verbal working memory and visual spatial working memory tasks.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Assistive technologies for chronic illness management: a critical health psychology perspective.
Outline

With an ageing population and increased prevalence of complex, chronic conditions, health systems are facing unprecedented challenges. Technological innovations – from “tele-consultations” and remote patient monitoring to so-called “ambient assisted living” – are seen by some as a way to maintain health services into the 21st Century. This project would use qualitative methods to examine the use of technology in health care settings, and to explore how technology is changing what it means to be a patient or a health professional.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Cancer screening behaviour
Outline

Examine variables underpinning cancer screening behaviour and barriers to attending cancer screening, with a particular focus on cervical screening, including HPV-related issues.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Capturing knowledge from experts to improve automated decision-aid tools
Outline

Automated tools that assist the decision making of their users are becoming increasingly sought after in a range of domains, particularly manufacturing. One of the biggest challenges in designing these tools is eliciting or extracting the human knowledge and expertise with which to then input into these tools.

This project will use a mixed methods approach to elicit knowledge from ‘experts’ in certain manufacturing fields, and to ultimately help solve a problem in the manufacturing domain.

The project is aligned to a current EPSRC feasibility project “Feasibility of Capturing Crafts-based Knowledge in an AI System for Future Autonomous Precision-surface Manufacturing” which is evidence that this multi-disciplinary area is likely to be suitable for future grant proposals. It is likely to have significant interest for publishing in at least one area, with an expectation that it will produce three high quality journal papers with strong support from the academic supervisory team.

The candidate should have a strong background in psychology (preferably human factors/applied cognition) and a desire to understand the links with computer science and engineering. The project will be supported by experts from psychology, computer science, and engineering.

Eligibility

1st or 2.1 degree from a UK University (or equivalent)

Funding

Please see our Scholarships page to find out about funding or studentship options available.

How to apply
Cognitive modelling/Cognitive architectures
Outline

Using computational and/or mathematical methods to understand the cognitive processes involved in reasoning, problem solving and decision making.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Comprehensive laboratory based assessment of psychopathy
Outline

Aim: To develop a comprehensive laboratory based tool for assessment of psychopathy in general and criminal populations. Methods: Quantitative, laboratory experiment, survey administration, and IQ assessment.

Eligibility

BSc in Psychology (2.1 and above) and good knowledge of quantitative research methods

Funding

N/A or see school page on scholarships http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships/pg-fee-waivers/

How to apply
Criminal Social Identity
Outline

Aim: To further develop and empirically validate the Integrated Psychosocial Model of Criminal Social Identity (IPM-CSI, Boduszek et al., 2016) within prison population, young offenders, and gang members. Methods: Mixed methods, survey administration, and structured interviews.

Eligibility

BSc in Psychology (2.1 and above) and good knowledge of quantitative research methods

Funding

N/A or see school page on scholarships http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships/pg-fee-waivers/

How to apply
Developing qualitative visual elicitation methods
Outline

I am interested in supervising PGR projects that seek to develop visual methods for eliciting accounts of people’s experience. I have a particular interest in diagrammatic methods such as Pictor, but am happy to consider other types of novel visual elicitation methods.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Deviant sexual expression
Outline

Study of atypical and/or homicidal sexual preferences including erotophonophilia, autassassinophilia, anthropophagic homicide, and chronophilias. In particular, proposals involving examining female sexual predators, as a current emerging research topic, would be welcome.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Diagrammatic reasoning
Outline

How people interpret statistical graphs and how to improve statistical reasoning using graphs and diagrams

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships/ to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Diagrammatic reasoning/Human-information interaction
Outline

Examining the ways that people reason about and make decisions with external representations of information such as graphs, visualisations, diagrams, maps etc. and using cognitive psychology to reduce error and design appropriate representations for particular purposes.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Eating disorders
Outline

Projects in this area would involve examining the cognitive processes and behaviours of individuals with not-otherwise-specified eating disorders, and investigating individual differences (eg need for control, interpersonal effectiveness) as predictors of eating behaviours in this population.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Educational Psychology
Outline

How university students perceive and engage with feedback on assessments

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available.

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
EEG and cognitive modelling of decision making
Outline

Utilising EEG and cognitive models such as the ACT-R architecture to better understand the decisions we make.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Embedding work as a health outcome within interventions to manage long-term health conditions
Outline

There is strong evidence that good work is good for health, yet this is not fully reflected in commissioning decisions and clinical practice. Opportunities to support individuals with long-term health conditions in their employment aspirations are often lost, and once out of work, their prospects are poor. Employment rates amongst those with long-term health conditions reveal one of the most significant inequalities in the UK today, and there is an urgent need to address maladaptive work-health beliefs, cultures and mind-sets within current healthcare practice.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Existential therapy: theory and practice
Outline

Research into existential therapy is relatively limited and issues such as the relationship between theory and practice and the effectiveness of the approach would benefit from further investigation. This project would focus on the above or related aspects of existential therapy.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Experiences of collaborative working
Outline

I am interested in supervising PGR projects that examine, using qualitative methods, the experiences of professionals and/or lay people working together to achieve their goals. While my own work has mostly been in health and social care, I am open to suggestions relating to other areas such as education, the criminal justice system, business etc.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Exploring national resilience in ethnically diverse society
Outline

In literature, four social components have been attributed to national resilience: patriotism, optimism, social integration, and trust in a country’s political and public institutions. This project would explore the nature of NR in ethnically diverse society by examining its internal structure and dynamics of proposed elements across sub-communities.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Exploring the impact of creative activity on wellbeing
Outline

Self-care is increasingly recognised as an important approach to managing health across the NHS, emphasising the need to empower individuals in treatment and maintenance of wellbeing longer term. This project could use a diverse range of ethnographic research methods including multiple interviews, detailed observation and interactive group participatory events to generate comprehensive qualitative data exploring creative activity as a self-management strategy, and its impact on physical and mental health.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Female aggression
Outline

To examine the ways in which female aggression is viewed, dealt with and punished. In particular, the aim is to examine girls and women who commit violent and aggressive acts including assault, homicide and multiple/serial homicide. Proposals around this emerging field would be welcomed.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Friendly Fire: When your brain says No but your hand says Go
Outline

Accidental shootings in the military and the police continue to be an issue. Typically these errors are attributed to visual mistakes, but is this always the case? Recent research with a Go/No-Go response task called the SART has led to suggestions of another potential cause: response inhibition failure. This research seeks to identify what factors impact inhibition failure and how we might be able to prevent them.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Helping people stay well after psychological therapy
Outline

To understand how individuals benefit from psychological therapy and how it enables them to continue to manage their mental health problems in the future. The research should help us understand what additional support would support self-management and prevent relapse after therapy.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Human-computer/Human-robot/Human-machine interaction
Outline

Understanding how people interact with complex designed systems and using cognitive psychology to optimise human performance.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Investigative processes and decision making
Outline

Explorations of the efficiency and efficacy of criminal investigations, including related aspects of investigative interviewing and eyewitness testimony.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Justice and positive survivorship in the aftermath of sexual victimisation
Outline

Most current conceptualisation of victims of sexual violence portray them as vulnerable, damaged and as in need of psychological intervention. Additionally, most victims of sexual violence are unlikely to achieve a sense of justice through conventional means (ie seeing their offender convicted) and, indeed, some victims may not seek this type of justice. The combination of public conceptualisations of victims and their lack of recourse to justice are potentially problematic and may well have significant implications for the way in which victims survive their experience. Indeed, opportunities for achieving and demonstrating positive survivorship way be thwarted. What are the relationships between victims’ justice needs, experience of survivorship and their long-term psychological wellbeing, and how might each of these issues be better addressed?

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Learner identity during educational transition
Outline

To explore the role of incoming identities in shaping participation in educational settings during a period of transition, using Communities of Practice theory

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Learning and participation in educational institutions
Outline

This is a broad topic area which acknowledges that learning does not reside solely in the individual but emerges in the interaction between context, person and activity. In this area, research focuses on different aspects of the learning landscape, eg placements, pedagogic approach, relationships, and explores individual learning experiences and trajectories.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Learning in organisations
Outline

Millions of pounds are devoted to encouraging learning in organisations and yet the results of this investment are variable. In this area research focuses on the organisational practices which construct learning and examines the resulting identity shifts experienced by individual employees.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Making sense of mental health difficulties
Outline

There is limited research which explores how mental health service users make sense of their own difficulties, and how these understandings might facilitate or constrain recovery. Projects in this area would be likely to use qualitative methods and might include, but are not limited to, exploring how service users manage issues around stigma or how they experience and make use of professional explanations of their difficulties, eg developed through case formulation or medical consultation.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Meaning in architecture
Outline

Contemporary architecture can take on many forms, yet these forms carry significance for people. The psychological roots of this significance are relevant to many personal and planning decisions. The study draws on a half century of research to explore how and what building forms mean.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Mechanisms of efficacy of distraction in pain perception
Outline

Provide a systematic understanding of the mechanisms of distraction in reducing pain perception, including the effect of individual difference variables such as pain catastrophising and motivation.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Modelling of offending styles and offender types
Outline

The examination and differentiation of offending actions and styles and offender types for a variety of different crime types, including violent and sexual crime and terrorism.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Narratives, decision making and cognitions in criminal contexts
Outline

The examination of narratives, decision making processes, and cognitions of offenders, victims, and police in criminal contexts and investigations (including risk assessment, investigative interviewing, eyewitness testimony, and jury decision-making).

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Nature and wellbeing
Outline

I am interested in supervising PGR projects that examine the relationship between engagement with nature and wellbeing (in the broadest sense), using experiential qualitative methods.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Neurological effects of video games
Outline

There has been a great deal of research published that has suggested that playing video games has a negative effect on people’s lives. However, video games have now become a mainstream part of daily life, due to the advancement of technology, such as smart phones and consoles. The aim of the research is to investigate the effects that video games have on behaviour and physiology and they way that people think.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Personality revealed in self-portraits
Outline

Artists’ self-portraits are a unique reflection of how they wish to represent themselves. They therefore represent a fascinating basis for exploring identity and person perception. Pilot studies have revealed a viable framework for such a study that opens up new ways of looking at art.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Preventing deception
Outline

This project will consider techniques to reduce or prevent deception. This will include a consideration of theoretical considerations, but may also include consideration of how a theory of deception prevention may be brought into practice.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Psychogeography
Outline

Psychogeographical studies of both built and rural environments, including exploration of themes such as consumer spaces, surveillance, securitisation, gender, memories of place and heterotopic and utopian spaces.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Psychological narratives of offenders
Outline

This will use the latest narrative tools developed with Professor David Canter to identify offenders’ underlying psychological narratives and show how these drive their offending styles and detailed crime scene action patterns.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Psychology of fairy/folk tales
Outline

Modern story telling is cleansed of gore and horror that appear in the original tales of caution and hope; these deal with psychological and cultural issues such as xenophobia, closeness to death, and fear of violent crime. Proposals examining the ways in which folk tales are being expressed in the 21st century, and what psychological issues inherent in that, would be welcome.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Public understanding and experience of crime
Outline

The examination of the prevalence of offending and victimisation within the general population, with reference to the impacts of public understanding and perceptions of crime on the reporting of victimisation and on jury decision-making.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Reducing the Truth Bias in Lie Detection
Outline

When we decide if others are lying or telling the truth, we tend to judge others are telling the truth more often than not. How might we be able to reduce this bias in responding? ALIED Theory, Truth-Default Theory, and other lie detection theories make different claims about how the truth bias comes about. This in turn offers scope for exploring ways to reduce the truth bias. This project would take a theory-driven approach to seeking bias-reduction techniques.

Eligibility

BSc in Psychology (2.1 or above)

Funding

N/A or see school page on scholarships http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships/pg-fee-waivers/

How to apply
Relationship initiation processes
Outline

Projects in this area would involve examining processes involved in initiating and developing intimate relationships in adults. In particular, projects are likely to involve examining individual differences in these processes, using evolutionary and social psychological frameworks to guide the research.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Reliability of distance measurements in geographic profiling data
Outline

To examine the measurements used in geographic profiling studies. The variation between route distance and crow flight distance for criminal journeys.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

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Self-esteem and relationship behaviour
Outline

Projects in this area would involve examining how individuals' self-perceptions and self-esteem relate to their perceptions and behaviour within intimate relationships. Cross-sectional, experimental and longitudinal designs could all be employed to investigate this.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Self-management of mental health problems
Outline

To understand how individuals manage their mental health problems and the implications for supporting self-management, through NHS services or in the community. The research is likely to use a qualitative or mixed methods approach. The focus could be on a particular type of problem, such as depression, or a vulnerable group under stress such as carers.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Self-perceptions and self-esteem
Outline

Projects in this area would involve examining relationships between both implicit and explicit self-esteem and specific self-perceptions such as physical attractiveness and body-image. Research in this area would involve experimental and longitudinal studies examining causal effects between these variables.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Stimulus equivalence and language
Outline

Applying the behaviour analytic concept of stimulus equivalence to the field of language development; an experimental exploration of the emergence of novel language under environmental control.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Successful and Unsuccessful Deception
Outline

Under what circumstances do lies successfully deceive the listener, and when do they fail? We know that people make for very good liars, and give away very little in their behaviour. But may there be circumstances in which a lie becomes transparent? This project will explore the boundaries of successful deception.

Eligibility

BSc in Psychology (2.1 or above)

Funding

N/A or see school page on scholarships http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships/pg-fee-waivers/

How to apply
The Development of imagination
Outline

My main research interests are socio-cognitive development and imagination, specifically imaginary companions (ICs). I am currently investigating whether children with Autism create these entities. I have looked at ICs in terms of culture (Egyptian and English), private speech production, theory of mind, and other various socio-cognitive skills. I am planning to further investigate children’s private speech production longitudinally. Other interests include the development of audio verbal hallucination, early development of language, and developmental correlates of breastfeeding in infancy.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
The impact of open prisons on recidivism rates
Outline

Examining the recidivism rates of inmates in open centre prisons. Looking at the role of rehabilitation programmes and any impact that they have on recidivism.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
The importance of non-pharmacological interventions in dementia care
Outline

Non-pharmacological interventions are fast becoming an important feature of dementia care. However, limited knowledge is available of both the individual and the relative benefits of each intervention. The project would explore this gap in our current knowledge.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
The interaction (or interference) between cognitive tasks and physical activity
Outline

The effect of cognitive workload on physical task performance is not currently clear. Research suggests that performing cognitively demanding tasks impairs performance on some physical tasks but not others. This has implications for sporting performance as well as critical real world occupations (eg police, military, emergency responders). This research will also seek to identify how using increasing levels of technology (eg head-up displays, wearable technology) may impact physical task performance.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
The “hard” problem of consciousness
Outline

Advances in neuroscience provide closer correlations between conscious experience and brain activity, but the problem of how the two are conceptually related remains. This project would take an aspect of consciousness and review the literature and/or design studies, in an attempt to shed light on this problem.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Transition to and from educational institutions
Outline

Moving from one institution, be it school to school or school to university or from undergraduate to postgraduate study, engenders sociological and psychological discomfort which impacts on learning. Contemporary learning theory understands such transitions in terms of shifting identity which reflects patterns of participation. Research in this area involves exploring identity in context to understand learning.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Transition to motherhood and wellbeing
Outline

Women become mothers within a complex matrix of social and cultural influences which inform ideas about ‘good mothering’ and are important for understanding perinatal wellbeing and distress. Projects in this area would be likely to use qualitative methods to consider how new mothers achieve a positive sense of self which incorporates a secure-enough maternal identity. They may focus on particular groups of mothers or might take a more specific focus including, but not limited to: infant feeding, subjective experience of mother-infant bonding, use of maternity support services and the psychological impact of interventions during childbirth.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Vulnerability and safeguarding - perpetration and victimisation
Outline

To examine factors associated with vulnerability and safeguarding measures for children and adults both in terms of victimisation and perpetration for a variety of different crime types, including domestic violence, stalking, hate crime, human trafficking, child sexual exploitation, and cybercrime.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Wearable technology
Outline

Wearable tech is becoming extremely popular in a growing number of areas (e.g., health and wellbeing, athlete performance, medicine). This research will take a human factors approach to investigate users’ interaction with wearable devices. Questions may include: - If positive behavioural changes occur during wearable device use, what factors contribute to this? - What factors lead to the best user experience? - How do individual characteristics impact adoption and use of wearable tech?

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply
Working elder carers
Outline

Many people who are in paid work also care for an elderly relative. This project would examine the impact of care responsibilities on their working lives, especially their decision to reduce their hours or retire early. It would also examine any gender differences there may be in such decisions.

Eligibility

Undergraduate degree and ideally a Master's degree

Funding

Please see our scholarships page at https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/scholarships to find out about funding or studentship options available

Deadline

Please see details via the following web page https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/howtoapply/

How to apply

Applications are welcome for a diverse range of specialist topics and areas of expertise. We would especially welcome applications for topics in which the proposed research is in line with the research priorities of the School of Human and Health Sciences. Find out more about the research priorities of the School on this website.

You are advised to take time to investigate the University's website to find out more details about the research we conduct. Please visit the Research section of the website to take a look at the information there.

To find out about the staff in this subject area please visit the subject area page, or alternatively, to look at profiles of any of our academic staff, you can visit our academic staff profile page.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes to aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

How much will it cost me?

In 2017/18, the part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate research students at the University of Huddersfield is £2,115 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions).

Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

Scholarships

The University offers a limited number of full and partial fee waivers. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.

Additional Programme costs

Additional programme costs (sometimes known as bench fees) may be charged for research degrees in which there are exceptional costs directly related to the research project. For some subject areas, such as Science and Engineering, these costs could range from £3,000 - £16,000 per year, dependent upon the research project. If you wish to know if these costs will apply to the course you’re interested in, please email the Admissions and Records Office who will direct your query to the relevant department.

Examples of exceptional costs include:

  • Equipment maintenance costs
  • Equipment hire
  • Access costs to specialised equipment
  • Patient/volunteer expenses
  • Tissue/cell culture
  • Special reagents/materials
  • Purchase of laboratory consumables
  • Purchases of additional special permanent laboratory equipment
  • Photography and film processing
  • Video tape filming, recording, CD archiving
  • Specialised computation
  • Travelling costs - where this is integral to the research, it would not normally cover conference attendance except in special circumstances
  • Access to specialist facilities/resources
  • Special statistical packages
  • Access to special databases
  • Data collection costs (eg. postage, envelops and stationary, questionnaire administration)
  • Interview translation and transcription costs.

International

All Postgraduate research students who do not have specific timetabled teaching sessions are required to maintain regular engagement with the University under the Attendance Monitoring Policy.

Information for overseas students with a Tier 4 visa: The University also requires that all overseas students with a Tier 4 visa comply with the requirements set out below:

•  Students are expected to remain in the UK at the address notified to the University until the official end of the academic year.

•  Students are expected to be able to demonstrate, to the University's reasonable satisfaction, that their domestic living arrangements, including their residential location, are conducive to their full engagement with their studies and to their ability to comply with Home Office and University attendance requirements for full time students.

How to apply

To make a formal application, complete the online application form.

This normally includes the submission of a research proposal. Read through the proposal guidelines first to make sure you cover all the information needed, and ensure you include the proposal (if required) when submitting your online application. You can check whether the degree you are applying for requires a proposal by checking the specific course entries.

If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, please read through the scholarship guidance and include the name of the scholarship on your online application.

Applications are assessed based upon academic excellence, other relevant experience and how closely the research proposal aligns with Huddersfield's key research areas.

Research community

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

Find out more about our research staff and centres

Research programme

Individuals working towards the award of PhD are required to successfully complete a programme resulting in a significant contribution to knowledge.

You are expected to work to an approved programme of work including appropriate programmes of postgraduate study (which may be drawn from parts of existing postgraduate courses, final year degree programmes, conferences, seminars, masterclasses, guided reading or a combination of study methods).

Research skills training

The University of Huddersfield has an exciting and comprehensive Research Skills Development Programme free to all postgraduate researchers. The aim of the Researcher Skills Development Programme is to support the development and knowledge of our researchers and broaden their skills base, allowing them to access tools and skills which can significantly improve employability, whether in academia or industry. The provision of the programme at The University of Huddersfield emphasises the importance of developing personal and professional transferable skills alongside the research skills and techniques necessary for your postgraduate study and research. The skills development programme is also mapped onto Vitae's Researcher Development Framework (RDF), further information about Vitae can be found here

We will offer the skills training through a programme of blended learning to optimise the opportunity presented by advancing technologies as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via UniLearn, the university's Virtual Learning Environment.

Research supervision

You will be appointed a main supervisor who will normally be part of a supervisory team, comprising up to three members. The research supervisor will advise and support you on your project.


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