MPhil, PhD Psychology

Year of entry

MPhil/PhD in Psychology available at the Canterbury Campus. Enquiries should be directed towards Dr David Vernon.

DClinPsych in Clinical Psychology and PhD in Professional Practice: Psychological Perspectives available at Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology at Tunbridge Wells.

Available MPhil and PhD supervisors

Professor Jan Burns:

  • intellectual disabilities and sport
  • mental health and physical exercise
  • identity and intellectual disabilities.

Dr Amanda Carr:

  • parenting, scaffolding and family learning
  • achievement motivation and peer collaboration in academic contexts
  • children and technology.

Professor Margie Callanan:

  • parenting and mental health
  • supervision process
  • compassion in care provision.

Professor Paul M. Camic:

  • community psychology-based interventions to enhance wellbeing and reduce social isolation in older adults
  • use of art galleries and museums as public health intervention sites for people with a dementia
  • the psychology of material objects.

Dr Ana Fernández:

  • cognition and emotion, particularly in the areas of visual attention, memory, addiction and psychopathology, and creativity
  • sustainability, particularly discourses around environmental arguments, moral dimensions and interventions to increase engagement
  • the relationship between children’s everyday social interactions and their learning and moral development.

Dr Anke Franz:

  • critical, cross-cultural and discursive research on adolescent health behaviour particularly in the areas of adolescent sexual health choices
  • research in the areas of dog ownership, e.g. the experience of dog ownership or identifying support or other needs of dog owners, dog adoption and relinquishment, including factors involved in the running of dog rescues, and community interventions to facilitate positive dog ownership
  • health services research, e.g. health programme/ course evaluations.

Dr Alex Hassett:

  • mental health of children and young people
  • early relationships, attachment, trauma and parenting and their link with emotional well-being
  • community psychology and its application in applied settings, particularly school settings
  • role of supervision in supporting practitioners, training and development initiatives.

Dr Ian Hocking:

  • creativity interventions and their role in problem finding and solving
  • modality effects in language comprehension
  • the psychology of fiction.

Dr Sue Holttum:

  • recovery
  • art therapy
  • staff well-being.

Dr Sabina Hulbert:

  • intergroup relations, stereotypes and prejudice
  • intelligence testing and standardization
  • the role of social comparison in motivation.

Dr Wendy Iredale:

  • evolutionary Psychology
  • costly signalling to help promote green and charitable behaviours
  • altruism as a sexual selected trait

Dr Fergal Jones:

  • mindfulness-based, acceptance-based and compassion focussed approaches
  • the application of associative learning theory to clinical problems
  • cognitive behavioural therapy.

Dr John McGowan:

  • suicide and self-harm
  • personality disorders
  • different ways to understand mental health.

Dr Dennis Nigbur:

  • cultural identity and subjective experience of culture
  • migration, acculturation, and multiculturalism
  • attitudes, norms, experience and identity in environmental sustainability

Dr Evangelos Ntontis:

  • The behaviour of crowds and groups in a range of settings (e.g., mass emergencies and disasters, political demonstrations) and how it can be shaped by group identity.
  • Social movements and mass mobilization, with an emphasis in the use of psychological discourses
  • The relation between social identities and wellbeing (the “social cure”).

Dr Britta Osthaus:

  • problem solving and cognition in animals
  • utilisation of Gestalt principles by animals
  • can dogs keep the beat? Motor entrainment to rhythmic auditory stimuli in a non-vocal mimic.

Dr Chris Pike:

  • psychology, art and creativity
  • psychology, religion and spirituality
  • language and communication.

Dr Elizabeth Roxburgh:

  • Sensory Processing Sensitivity (otherwise termed Environmental
    Sensitivity or Highly Sensitive Person)
  • Anomalous experiences (e.g. mediumship, near-death experiences, precognition, synchronicity) as psychological, social, and cultural events
  • • Counselling, mental health, and wellbeing with a focus on critical, contemporary and alternative approaches to mainstream conceptualisations..

Dr Daniel Salter:

  • the prediction of psychopathology
  • risk and protective factors for child maltreatment
  • the prediction of persistent PTSD.

Dr Lance Slade:

  • social cognition (theory of mind and perspective taking) and social competence in children and adults
  • parenting and family interaction (especially talk about thoughts and feelings) and social and cognitive development
  • home literacy and early reading comprehension. 

Dr Elizabeth Spruin:

  • forensic psychology – arson, sexual offending and serial criminals
  • investigative psychology – offender profiling, emotional and narrative experiences of offending
  • therapeutic interventions for mentally disordered offenders.

Dr Stavroula Tsirogianni:

  • tensions, contradictions and diversity in social values, moral systems and points of view 
  • dialogues, perspective taking, intergroup differences, social change 
  • public understanding of science, authenticity, the meaning of good life 

Dr David Vernon:

  • creative problem solving techniques
  • mood and creativity
  • anomalous psychology (e.g., precognition, ESP).

How to apply

Applicants are strongly advised to explore the research interests of available supervisors and to contact the appropriate staff member before making a formal application.

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Location Length Start  
MPhil/PhD Psychology apply
Canterbury 42 months full-time September 2020
MPhil/PhD Psychology apply
Canterbury 42 months full-time February 2021
MPhil/PhD Psychology apply
Canterbury 66 months part-time September 2020
MPhil/PhD Psychology apply
Canterbury 66 months part-time February 2021

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UCAS institution code

  • C10

Entry requirements

  • If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no element below 6.0.



  • Not applicable

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