Structured PhD (Perception, Cognition & Action)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,
School of Psychology

Course overview

The PhD in Perception, Cognition & Action is a structured PhD programme that extends for four years full time or six years part time with thesis submission due no later than the end of the final year of the course. In the first year students take various modules as part of the taught elements of the programme which could include content related to programming experiments or analyses and the focus is on dynamical cognitive science and behaviour, perception, EEG analysis and theoretical models in cognition. In Year 1 students are focussed, through modular learning towards preparation of a research proposal and thesis, while, and with the exception of two taught modules in Year 3, the remainder of the degree concentrates in preparation of a substantial research thesis.

Programmes available

Structured PhD (full-time, four years): PAC Code GYG01

Structured PhD (part-time, six years): PAC Code GYG36

Areas of interest

The Perception, Cognition & Action research group seeks to advance understanding of the complex structure of human thought and behaviour. We conduct experimental research into the perceptual, psychophysiological, cognitive and learning processes involved in complex human behaviour. Our major research strengths are in the areas of visual perception, attention, language, consciousness and memory. We use laboratory-based methods including behavioural and psychophysical paradigms, often with concurrent electroencephalographic or eye movement recording.

 Research interests (part-time programme):

  • Perception and Cognition
  • Dynamical Cognition
  • Behaviour and Action
  • Psychophysics
  • Brain Imaging (EEG)

Researcher profiles

Members of the Perception, Cognition, & Action research group: Mark Elliott, Michael Hogan, Michael Keane, Denis O'Hora, Ian Stewart

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PAC code

GYG01 (full-time)
GYG36 (part-time)

Current project

Fees for this course

EU: €5,250 p.a. 2018/19

Non-EU: €14,250 p.a. 2018/19

EU Part time:  Year 1 [2018/19] €3,575. p.a.