Courses 

We welcome applications for postgraduate study in our team.

Studying for PhD takes 3-4 years, and students pursue an individual research topic, with guidance from a supervisor. A PhD in cognitive development is likely to include a series of between 5 and 10 experimental studies and is written up as a thesis. Postgraduate students are encouraged to attend and present their work at conferences, and to write up their findings for publication in journals.

The department also offers an MRes course. This is a 1 year course that provides training and experience in research methods. Taking a placement in cognitive development as part of the MREs programme would involve conducting experimental work in a local school and offer an excellent opportunity to learn about our research field.

If you are interested in studying with us, please contact Ian Apperly or Sarah Beck to discuss possible projects.

Psychology PhD/MSc (Research)

  • Postgraduate
  • Distance learning, doctoral research
  • Full time, part time

We offer excellent research opportunities, supported by our links with local hospitals and clinics, local schools and nurseries, other University departments, industrial companies and departments of local and national government, both in this country and overseas. There [more...]

Recent PhD theses

Martin Rowley: The development of an interpretive theory of mind from middle childhood to adolescence

Dan Carroll: Interactions between children's reasoning and executive function

Katherine Broomfield: Children's understanding about prosocial lies

Sarah Beck: Children’s handling of ambiguous input

Emma Whitcombe: Young children's source monitoring: decisions about what to believe and ability to report the source of their beliefs

Laura Davison: Effects of re-presenting recalled information on further recall in children

Ian Apperly: Children's mental representation of referential relations: representational partitioning and "theory of mind"