Our research studies culture

Ranked in the top 100 worldwide and 8th in the UK for Psychology, the University of Exeter offers an active, collaborative, thriving and innovative community-based environment in which to pursue postgraduate research studies.

A reputable and expanding research community

Our world-class academics work together to cross the boundaries of Psychology to provide an enriched research environment and encourage academic collaborations where possible. This spirit of integration and partnership, combined with outstanding facilities and dedicated research groups, ensures that students benefit from a thriving academic experience.

A supportive and inclusive environment

We aim to ensure that undertaking a PhD in Psychology is a challenging, but ultimately rewarding experience. You will study within a very supportive, inclusive environment as part of a community of fellow research students, academics, and technical and administrative staff. You will have considerable opportunities for research training and skills development, and will be able to collaborate with fellow students and academics across the discipline’s boundaries to enhance and develop your core knowledge base.

Enhancing your career opportunities

We understand that, in a competitive employment market, there is a growing need to enhance your career opportunities throughout your time studying at Exeter. We encourage our students to consider their future careers from the moment they arrive, and offer a series of events and seminars designed to help you meet your career aspirations. These include an Employability Officer within the College, career development seminars, talks and events with alumni and employers, and the opportunity to discuss employability issues with your mentor.

Accessible and enthusiastic supervisors

We promote and encourage a dual supervision approach. Supervisors are easily accessible to postgraduate research students, with all students having regular timetabled slots with academics. We try where possible to tailor your experience to meet your needs, and regular contact is actively encouraged and expected between students and their whether through actively encouraging regular contact with supervisors and mentors, to providing assistance to cultivate self-mentoring if appropriate. Whatever your needs, there are a range of dedicated, enthusiastic and personal academic staff to help.

An active event schedule and opportunities to teach

Your experience as a research student will be enhanced by the variety of reading groups and programmes of seminars and lectures from international visiting speakers. There is a regular research seminar series that is attended by all postgraduate research students and academics, while each research group also holds its own discussion sessions. In addition, research students can be involved in some form of teaching, supervision or assessment assistance where possible.

Be a part of an international community

We attract the very best students and academic staff from across the world. The diversity this brings enhances our knowledge, expertise and understanding of Psychology, as well as lead the way in the very latest developments within the discipline. This global outlook also ensures that we have exceptional opportunities for international collaborations, which benefits the department, and most importantly, our students.