Research in the Psychology pathway spans the breadth of the psychological sciences, and incorporates cross-disciplinary working with cognate areas such as linguistics, neuroscience, and the allied healthcare professions. Across the pathway, we have specific expertise in developmental psychology, language and cognition (typical and atypical), social cognition, mental health and healthcare, and perception and action. Many existing research collaborations span our partner institutions allowing cross-institutional supervision opportunities for students.

Research at Lancaster is focussed around four specialist areas; infancy and early development, language and cognition, perception & action, and social processes, as well as expertise in security threats, aging, and corpus approaches to social science. Research themes at Liverpool include health-related behaviours, language, learning and expertise, perception, and mental health (with specific interests in addiction, appetite and obesity, forensic & investigative psychology, language, cognition and expertise, mental health, perception, perinatal, infant and child mental health, and psychology of healthcare). At Manchester, research includes audiology and hearing, clinical and health psychology (including severe mental health problems, mental and physical health across the lifespan, anxiety problems, suicide and homicide, forensic mental health, health psychology), cognition and cognitive neuroscience (including emotion, language processing, memory, perception, action & decision making, and time perception), dementia, and language and communicative development and disorders (typical and atypical).

At all our partner institutions, a wide range of methodological approaches are used, with an emphasis on producing open and reproducible research. As psychological research crosses many interdisciplinary boundaries, potential applicants must ensure that their specific project fits within the overall remit of the ESRC more closely than with that of the other research councils (e.g. AHRC, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC).

Programmes eligible for NWSSDTP funding

N.B. Master’s programmes can only be funded as part of a 1+3/2+2 Studentship

Lancaster University

University of Liverpool

University of Manchester

For information on how to apply for funding, please visit our How to Apply page.

Pathway Representatives

Contact details for Psychology Pathway Representatives at each institution can be found here

Current Psychology NWSSDTP students

patsyPatricia Irizar (2017 Cohort)


Alcohol and co-morbid mental health problems in the UK Police Service

This study aims to provide representative data on the prevalence of hazardous alcohol use, and co-occurrence with mental health problems, in the Police Service. I will examine how occupational stress and mental health predict future alcohol use. Finally, I’ll explore qualitatively social theories regarding the drivers of hazardous alcohol use in the UK Police Service, and its consequences.

Samantha Booth (2018 Cohort)

‘Are two interventions are better than one? Combining cognitive training and non-invasive neurostimulation in older adults.’

This project aims to:

  1. Address the acceptability and feasibility of using cognitive training intervention combined with neurostimulation (tDCS).
  2. Gather initial data on the effect of intervention on putative Electroencephalography (EEG) biomarkers.
  3. Gather initial data assessing whether the effect of combined cognitive and neurostimulation interventions would produce greater effect than either intervention alone


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