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

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You have now completed this Open Learn course on applying to study for a PhD in psychology. If you have worked through both parts of the course, you may already have begun your own PhD application process. Alternatively, you may have decided that you would like to take forward your psychology studies in a different direction. Good luck for the future, whatever your plans.

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Now that you have completed the course, you should be able to:

  • understand what studying for a PhD in Psychology entails, and the main differences from study on taught courses like a BSc or MSc in psychology
  • understand the qualifications, skills and interests required for PhD study
  • make an informed decision about whether to undertake PhD study in the future
  • understand the procedure for applying to do a PhD in psychology
  • identify PhD study opportunities
  • begin to develop a strong proposal that can be part of an application to a university and/or prospective supervisor(s).

Where next?

For more information about applying to study for a PhD in the School of Psychology and Counselling at the Open University, look here psychology/ postgraduate-research [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .