Applied Psychology Research PhD/MRes

  • Programme type: Research
  • Study location: Edinburgh


Applied Psychology at Heriot-Watt University bridges the gaps that are often found between theory and real-world application. Our research activities are focused on two research groups concerning:

  • Lifespan Cognitive and Social Development.
  • Attention, Perception and Action.

In addition to the research that has been funded by research councils, much of our research is carried out in collaboration with external bodies from the public and private sectors such as the NHS, the Scottish Executive, the Health and Safety Executive, and the Transport and Road Research Laboratory.


Research projects

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Entry requirements

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Tuition fees

Fees for this programme can be found on our Tuition fees page.

Scholarships & bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships and postgraduate research scholarships.

Additional scholarship information

James Watt PhD Scholarships

Heriot-Watt University is inviting applications for PhD scholarships to undertake research training to PhD level in areas of research excellence in the School of Life Sciences as described in more detail below. The scholarships will be funded for three years and will follow standard RCUK conditions. The scholarships are open to UK and EU nationals and applicants should hold at least an upper second class honours degree in an appropriate science or engineering subject. At this stage enquiries from interested students are sought and should indicate which project is being applied for, and include a curriculum vitae with details of two academic referees for preliminary screening. Heriot-Watt University has an established reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made us one of the top UK universities for science, technology, business and industry. The selected James Watt Scholars will be registered for a PhD degree at Heriot-Watt University on the University’s Edinburgh campus in the School of Life Sciences. Enquires should be sent by email to the lead supervisor of the
project by Friday, 28 February 2014.

What do bereaved families need from the children’s hospice association in Scotland (CHAS)

Supervisor:  Dr Mairi Harper

A PhD studentship is offered to
identify what bereaved families need from bereavement support organisations. The student will identify current recommendations for best practice from published literature, determine families’ views of the services currently on offer and establish staff views on their preparedness to deliver the required level of service. Applicants are welcome from a variety of backgrounds including psychology, nursing/midwifery, social policy and social work.  Previous experience of bereavement support would be preferred.  Enquiries and application by covering letter and CV should be sent to .


Grip force analysis for early diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease

Supervisor:  Dr Gavin Buckingham 

Parkinson’s disease is an incurable neurodegenerative disorder that afflicts 1 in 500 individuals in the UK (Parkinson’s UK, 2009). The student will develop a battery of movement assessment tests with force transducers in order to find the critical variables which distinguish individuals with Parkinson’s disease from healthy control subjects. An MSc in Psychology or a related discipline is essential, and experience with the analysis of data from force transducers and high-resolution motion capture systems would be beneficial. Enquiries and application by covering letter and CV should be sent to