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Applying to study for a PhD in psychology
Applying to study for a PhD in psychology

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4 Understanding the application procedures

Applying to study for a PhD is very different from applying for a taught course of study, like a Bachelor’s or Masters degree. In many respects, the process that precedes PhD registration is more similar to applying for a job or an apprenticeship. This section sets out one pathway towards a PhD application and then discusses some variations.

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