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Psychology MPhil/PhD

The University of Worcester welcomes applications to undertake research towards MPhil and PhD degrees in Psychology.

Research at Worcester has grown significantly in the last 10 years as the University itself has expanded. As a research student you will join a vibrant student community in our Research School and become part of our dynamic research environment.

You will have the opportunity to be supervised by leading researchers in your field and take advantage of our rich Researcher Development programme which will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to complete your research degree but also enhance the skills you will need in any future career.


Our MPhil/PhD research degree programme offers you:

Wide variety of research interests

The Institute of Health and Society has a strong mix of academics with a high degree of professional and personal experience, enabling you to get the most out of your programme. Our staff have expertise in occupational psychology (values-based recruitment, coaching, resilience), mental health (adult and adolescent mental health, trauma, mood disorders, anxiety), social and cognitive psychology (cognitive reasoning, emotional intelligence, evolutionary perspectives on human behaviour), counselling approaches (CBT, EMDR therapy, suicide prevention), developmental (family diversity, individual differences) and forensic psychology (intimate partner violence, international perspectives on offending).  Staff can offer a wide range of expertise in relation to research methods and the full range of research interests can be seen with the supervisor details.       

Excellent supervision

Benefit from a professional and challenging relationship with your supervisory team, drawn from experienced academics working at the forefront of their disciplines.


Access to the University of Worcester’s virtual resources and its state of the art library facilities. The Psychology team at Worcester have an excellent range of resources available to support your learning and your research project, including; Mobile eye-tracker & associated laptop, 2 x static computer-mounted eye-trackers (eye-tribe eye-trackers), Psychometric test library, 3 x video recorders, 2 x digital voice recorders, 11 x fitbits, 1 x mobile EEG, 1 x E-prime software, 7 x iPads, 20 x callipers.

Some of the current Psychology students are conducting research on the role of emotional intelligence in adolescents' attentional processing of emotions under stress; the motivation, constructions and embodiment of the Female sporting body; and on understanding adult male sexual assault victims' post assault reporting and prosecution decisions. Our two newest students are exploring transformational leadership behaviours that lead to long term behaviour change; and the effectiveness of CBT and EMDR as psychological interventions in the treatment of displaced Yazidi women and girls suffering from PTSD

How to apply

How to apply

Please make your application via our online application form. If you have any questions, please contact the Research School on 01905 542182 or

Before you submit a full application, please contact Dr Berenice Mahoney ( to discuss your research project and the availability of appropriate supervision.



Professor Eleanor Bradley
Expertise: adult mental health; medicines conversations (information-exchange, concordance); family input and support (shared decision making, coproduction); non-medical prescribing; qualitative research.

Professor Dawn Brooker
Expertise: dementia studies; clinical psychology; ageing.

Dr Sarah Davis
Expertise: individual differences in development; emotional intelligence; personality; adolescent mental health; stress and coping; attentional biases for emotional information; quantitative methods.

Dr Rosie Erol
Expertise: policing and crime reduction; health-related evaluations.

Dr Derek Farrell
Expertise: psychological trauma; Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s); child sexual abuse; clergy sexual abuse; gender-based violence; trauma capacity building; psychological first aid; EMDR Therapy; cognitive behavioural psychotherapies, mental health & severe mental illness; performance enhancement in sport; psychological interventions within humanitarian assistance programmes; clinical supervision; positive psychology; interpretative phenomenological analysis; Q Methodology; Delphi Technique; mixed methodology; psychometric evaluation and validation including statistical analysis.

Dr Daniel Farrelly
Expertise: evolutionary perspectives on human behaviour, in particular social and cognitive psychology.

Dr Peter Forster
Expertise: suicide prevention; community psychology; counselling; environmental psychology.

Professor Elizabeth Gilchrist
Expertise: domestic abuse/intimate partner violence and factors associated with IPV; risk assessment - particularly with intimate partner violence; innovative interventions for intimate partner violence - again particularly with perpetrators; victim/survivors perspectives on intimate partner violence; sports interventions and desistance; international perspectives on risk, interventions and offending.

Dr Di Haigney
Expertise: research methods and analytical techniques for data.

Dr Gillian Harrop
Expertise: violence & sexual violence; false allegations; domestic abuse; police investigation.

Matthew Jellis
Expertise: occupational psychology

Professor Lisa Jones
Expertise: aetiology of major mood disorders.

Dr Bere Mahoney
Expertise: victimology - the social and psychological costs of crime; sexuality; eating behaviour; Ageing and appearance concerns; beliefs about aging; speech evaluation; individual differences.

Dr Gabriela Misca
Expertise: developmental psychology and family diversity across the life-span; military and veterans psychology.

Dr Kate Muse
Expertise: understanding mental health disorders and treatments to alleviate psychological distress; cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); health anxiety (hypochondriasis); mindfulness-based cognitive therapy interventions for anxiety and depression; intrusive imagery in anxiety disorders.

Dr Kazia Solowiej
Expertise: career development and success; gender and occupational context; wellbeing at work; coaching and career interventions.

Dr Helen Scott
Expertise: occupational psychology; empathy and emotional intelligence; resilience; values based recruitment.

Dr Dean Wilkinson
Expertise: cognitive reasoning and decision making; delusional ideation; victimisation and sexual orientation.

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