University of Bristol

University of Bristol

Psychology (Experimental)

Research activity in the school is organised into 3 research themes: cognitive processes; brain, behaviour and health; and decision-making and rationality. Within each theme, there are a set of focused research groups. An important feature of this research structure is the extent of collaboration across research groups and across the 3 themes. All groups address fundamental questions as well as looking at the impact of their work more broadly in industry, healthcare, education and society. Across these thematic research groups the school has particular and growing strengths in computational neuroscience and neuropsychology. Cognitive processes: focused research groups in cognitive processes are: developmental (includes the Bristol cognitive development centre and Bristol autism research group); language (speech comprehension, speech production, reading and dyslexia, language and thought); memory (short-term memory, modelling, dynamics, lifespan memory); social (social cognition and evolutionary social psychology); vision (fusing cognitive science and information technology to tackle research problems that cannot be comprehensively addressed by the single disciplines alone). Brain, behaviour and health: focused research groups in brain, behaviour, and health are: neuropsychology (neural basis of both typical and pathological cognition, using a range of methodologies including EEG and fMRI); nutrition and behaviour unit (effects of substances on cognition and performance; appetite, weight control, and diet); tobacco and alcohol research group (social drugs and social cognition; plain packaging of tobacco products; carbon-dioxide inhalation model of anxiety). decision-making and rationality: areas of current focus include: selecting the appropriate movement response; how properties of the environment shape decisions; structuring the world to facilitate good decisions; food choice and dietary decisions; the origins of supernatural beliefs.

Entry requirements

An upper 2nd Class Honours degree in psychology or a related discipline.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time £ 3,939 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc (Res) Full-time £ 17,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc (Res) Part-time - 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 3,939 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 17,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
PhD Part-time - 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Tyndall Avenue, Bristol Bristol BS8 1TH South West

Key information

Telephone number: 
0117 928 8126