School of Psychology

This Postgraduate Virtual Open Day is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about the programmes available in the School of Psychology.

We also offer several clinical and forensic postgraduate programmes within the School.

The School of Psychology is one of the strongest and most active psychology departments in the country. We are ranked among the top five psychology departments for research and have a reputation for excellent teaching.

Pia Rotshtein (Deputy Director for Postgraduate Taught programmes) and Dr Fay Julal (Course Lead for the MSc Psychology and MA Psychology) will be online for a live Q&A between 12:00-14:00 to answer your questions about the programmes in the School of Psychology.

Nine of our postgraduate mentors are part of the School of Psychology:

You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to study in the School.

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Speaker profiles

  • Pia Rotshtein

    Pia is Deputy Director for Postgraduate Taught programmes. (Live Q&A 12:00-14:00)

  • Dr Fay Julal

    Fay is the Course Lead for the MSc Psychology and MA Psychology. (Live Q&A 12:00-14:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the School of Psychology live event.

We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Wednesday 22 November 2017. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

Sonia asked:

I have now finished my undergraduate psychology course. I was particularly interested in the Cognitive Neuropsychology masters and the the MRes masters courses. I’m finding it hard to decide which course i should go for. Do they both include placements? can you provide any advice on how to decide?

Fay replied:

Hello Sonia,

The Brain Imaging & Cognitive Neuroscience (BICN) masters is very different from the MRes in Clinical Psychology both in content and in structure. The BICN is a taught masters programme, so 50% of the course is spent on taught modules, like your undergraduate degree, and the other 50% is spent on research. The MRes is a research degree. Although this degree includes some taught elements, it is largely based on conducting research projects. So, to help you decide perhaps think about what you would prefer in terms of the balance of teaching vs. research.

If you are interested in clinical psychology, then the MRes might be the better option. If you’re interested in learning about cognitive neuroscience, then the BICN would be the better choice. If you’re interested in both clinical psychology and cognitive neuroscience, then there might be opportunities to explore both on either course, though I should point out that there is no guarantee of a clinical supervisor / clinical-related project for students on the BICN.

BICN does include a research placement, too. I am not involved in the MRes in Clinical Psychology; however, according to its webpage, the MRes in Clinical Psychology also includes two research placements.

I hope this provides some information to help make your decision. For further questions about BICN, please contact the course lead Dr Pia Rotshtein (, and for questions about the MRes, please contact the course team (email:


Tyrone asked:

I have a BPS accredited degree. Can i still get on a Clinical Psych Doctorate program if my Masters is not GBC accredited?

Fay replied:

Hello Tyrone,

According to the information on our webpage for the Clinical Psychology doctorate, the requirement is that applicants must have GBC. GBC can be achieved from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course. So, if you have GBC from your undergraduate degree, you will have met that specific requirement.

As I don’t handle the clinical applications, you might also want to send your query to the clinical admissions team on:




Andrey asked:

Hello, I’m starting the CNCR course this September – I’d like to know what the timetable is for choosing supervisors and optional modules. How soon should this be decided?

Fay replied:

Hello Andrey,

There’s no official start time for looking for your supervisor. Indeed, you’re encouraged to contact supervisors over the summer to start getting your ideas together. You are encouraged to find your own supervisors and there is some information on the course webpage (examples of previous projects, listed with supervisors) and School webpages (indicating areas of the expertise in the School) to help you. Supervisors are confirmed in the first weeks of the course.

If you had more specific questions about this, then please contact the course lead, Dr Dietmar Heinke (email:



Excellent postgraduate study opportunities are provided by our links with local hospitals and clinics, local schools and nurseries, other University departments, industrial companies and departments of local and national government, both in this country and overseas.