Psychology (PhD, 3 Years)
|Qualification Awarded||Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology|
|Level of Qualification||Doctorate Degree (3rd Cycle)|
|Language of Instruction||English|
|Mode of Study||Full-time|
|Minimum ECTS Credits||180|
Profile of the Programme
The aim of the PhD programme in Psychology are to educate and train psychology researchers who, depending on their specialisation area, will be able to use scientific methods investigate and deal with factors that affect behaviors, cognitive process, and emotion.
- Develop students’ in depth understanding and critical analysis of current literature and research methodology in the field of psychology.
- Develop students’ understanding and application of suitable research methodologies and scientific methods of investigation to enable them to carry out their doctoral research project.
- Enhance students’ research skills and facilitate the development of expertise relevant to their research specialisation area.
- Educate students in how to disseminate research findings, conclusions and suggestions for improving educational or mental health provision to the scientific community, for example through publishing in academic journals and/or presenting their work in academic conferences and seminars.
- Give students a broad understanding of research approaches and methods which will enable them to read and comprehend a wide range of academic research papers to enhance their research competence and facilitate the development of future research activities.
On successful completion of the programme graduates will be able to will be able to work as researchers, and academics. Graduates will be able to work at research centres, work as consultants, and will be competitive applicants for academic positions at Universities.
Access to Further Studies
Upon graduation, students would have obtained the highest academic title possible.
Course assessment usually comprises of a comprehensive final exam and continuous assessment. Continuous assessment can include amongst others, mid terms, projects, and class participation.
Letter grades are calculated based on the weight of the final exam and the continuous assessment and the actual numerical marks obtained in these two assessment components. Based on the course grades the student’s semester grade point average (GPA) and cumulative point average (CPA) are calculated.
The student must complete 180 ECTS and all programme requirements, which doctoral dissertation completion.
By the end of the period of doctoral study, students are expected to:
- Comprehend basic principles of research design, including an understanding of how to conceptualise psychological research, formulate researchable problems, and construct and test hypotheses
- Show competence in applying a range of research methods and tools
- Be able to successfully manage all the stages of a research project, including managing data, and conducting and disseminating research in a way that is consistent with both professional practice and the normal principles of research ethics
- Understand and appreciate the significance of alternative epistemological positions that provide the context for theory construction, research design and the selection of appropriate data analysis techniques
- Understand and apply the concepts of generalisability, validity, reliability and replicability and identify potential biases in the interpretation of research findings
- Develop a sound understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of a range of research methodologies and data collection methods
- Evidence competence in the use of quantitative and qualitative methodologies in psychological enquiry and exhibit skills in the use of quantitative and qualitative data analysis methods
- Be in a position to illustrate and critically evaluate research methods used in psychological enquiry and demonstrate aptitude in the preparation, execution and management of an independent large-scale research study
- Develop skills in the dissemination of findings to the wider academic community, initially through writing-up their Thesis and then through publishing their work in academic journals and/or giving presentations in academic conferences and seminars
- Acknowledge the impact of their own experiences, beliefs and culture on the processes and outcomes of inquiry, as well a