Psychology of health and wellbeing

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
October January and April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3 years
Part time: 6 years
Start dates
Application period
January and April

Our Psychology of Health and Wellbeing (PHeW) research strand is a theoretically and methodologically diverse group with a focus on practices of health and wellbeing. The Group has a strong professional grounding as well as theoretical interest in practice and practices. This is either by group members being qualified (as) practitioners (i.e., of counselling or clinical psychology, group analysis, psychotherapy etc.), or by alternative ways of engagement with individual, community and political practices that create (un)health and (un)wellbeing.

PHeW is anchored in three distinct research strands: Counselling and psychotherapy, Critical mental health, Wellbeing in contexts.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English

Applicants for the PhD are normally expected to possess the equivalent or better of an Upper Second Class Honours degree with Psychology; and, in addition, to hold an MSc in Psychology or related discipline. Please note that these are minimum application criteria and are not sufficient. Applicants who do not meet these criteria may, in exceptional circumstances, be considered, but they will need to give evidence through written work that they are sufficiently prepared for research-level study. If you are applying for an ESRC Grand Union doctoral funding, a Masters degree is not necessary as this can be part of the training.

Current/recent research projects

We have had a number of externally and internally funded research projects.

For more research projects visit the PHeW website.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Simon Clarke
Email: FASS-Psych-Co-PG-Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)1908 332956

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If you’re interested in applying for this research topic, please take a look at the application process.