The University of Southampton
PsychologyPostgraduate study

How to apply

Applications for our postgraduate programmes are made using one of three methods, depending on the programme.

Before applying for any type of postgraduate study you should:

  1. identify the postgraduate programme you wish to apply for; you may for instance need to take a one-year taught course before beginning research work
  2. check that you meet the general entry requirements; this may include current or prospective employment in a particular field of work or geographic area
  3. if applicable, ensure that you will be able meet any special requirements for international students
  4. identify how you will fund your postgraduate study
  5. obtain supporting documentation to support your application

You will then be ready to apply, using the University’s online form (PhD) or direct (DEdPsych), or via the Clearing House (DClinPsych).

Postgraduate programme

For PhD programmes you should identify your area of research interest and potential supervisor. For more information visit the specialist research areas within Psychology.

General entry requirements

To apply for postgraduate study you must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements as well as any specific requirements for your chosen programme.

As well as academic qualifications and practical experience, we look for evidence of your interest in the programme and an understanding of the rigorous demands of postgraduate study.

In common with other graduate schools, in Psychology we need to keep a year-on-year balance of postgraduate research activity across our specialisms. Factors that are relevant to postgraduate selection concern the wishes of the applicant, the experience and track record of the supervisor, grant income available for running the project, the funding status of the student, and so on. In all cases, however, our over-riding criterion is the quality of the student together with the fit of student and supervisor research.

International students

If you are an international student you will need to ensure that your academic and English language qualifications meet our entry requirements. Find out more by visiting the English language qualifications and support page.

You may be required to provide English-language translations of degree certificates or transcripts to support your application.

You should apply as early as possible if you need to secure a UK visa or if you are applying for funding or sponsorship. Find out more by visiting the UK immigration procedures page. Deadlines for research funding are usually several months in advance of the start date and can be as much as twelve months depending on the funding body.

Supporting documentation

Most programmes require additional supporting documentation to be submitted as part of the application process. These can be uploaded with the online application form. As a guideline, this will include the following:

Online application

PhD

Applications can be are made using the University’s online application form. You can find instructions on completing the form by visiting the Postgraduate application form instructions.

Be sure to specify the correct programme and school. For programmes that are hosted by other schools, you should select the name of that school.

You will be sent an acknowledgement email as soon as we have received your application. You can use online tracking to track the progress of your application.

Applications will only be considered when all documentation has been received.

It is our policy to interview applicants before a formal offer is made. In the case of international and EU students, this can be done via telephone.

DEdPsych

Applications are made directly to the University via the AEP, rather than through the University’s online form. Selection is a multi-stage process, involving representatives from Local Authorities as well as the University.

DClinPsych

Applications to the DCLinPsych Programme are made online through the University of Leeds Clearing House. Selection is a multi-stage process involving NHS Clinicians as well as the Programme team.

Contact

For application enquiries contact: pgrStudentOffice.FSHS@soton.ac.uk

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