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Course Introduction

About the course

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.

Research profile

Research in the area of Culture and Evolution focuses on cultural variation in, and evolutionary origins of, psychology and behaviour ? integration of proximate and ultimate perspectives, across levels of analysis from individual biology and personality, through group and social processes to the broader culture. Our research brings together outstanding evolutionary, cross-cultural and other psychologists and will include evolutionary approaches to human psychology such as human behavioural ecology categorised in these three strands:

Relationships ? E.g. interpersonal attraction and mate choice, relationship maintenance and satisfaction, jealousy etc. Also intergroup relations (between cultures and ethnic groups).

Morality ? E.g. what is considered right and wrong, political beliefs, views on resource distribution etc.

Conflict & Cooperation ? E.g. interpersonal and intergroup, sexual conflict and intrasexual competition, sources of conflict such as inequality etc.

Some more specific examples of topics emphasised by CCE researchers?all relevant to at least one of the above themes?are listed below, followed by the names of CCE members conducting research in each topic.

Attitudes towards, and behavioral consequences of, inequality (Clark, Pound, Price, Scott)

Close personal relationships (Gaines, Marshall)

Community and wellbeing (Launay, Price)

Competitiveness and risk-taking among males (Pound)

Cooperation within groups, including between leaders and followers (Price, Scott)

Cultural variation in prosocial behaviours (Imada)

Emotions in social relationships, such as jealousy (Imada, Marshall, Schuetzwohl)

Impact of social media on relationships (Marshall)

Music, singing, and social bonding (Launay)

Physical and physiological (e.g. gait, muscularity, hormonal) predictors of social and moral attitudes (Clark, Pound, Price)

Physical attractiveness, mate preferences and mating strategies (Clark, Pound, Price, Scott)

Relationship of facial morphology to political and moral attitudes (Pound, Scott)

Relevance of ethnicity in personal relationships (Gaines)

Employability

Careers and your future

Paid work available to research students

Undertaking teaching and learning support duties represents an important professional and career development opportunity for postgraduate research students. Brunel offers two levels of paid work available to Postgraduate Research students. The first level post is as a Demonstrator and the second level post is as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Teaching and learning support duties will vary between Departments and research students should not rely on such opportunities being available.

Start Date:

Postgraduate research students are recruited throughout an academic year.. Postgraduate research students are recruited throughout an academic year..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,407 Home Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £4,407 European Fees
3 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £15,860 Overseas Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,203 Home Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £2,203 European Fees
6 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £7,930 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Research statement As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations.
  • International entry requirements: The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. Research statement As part of our application process for entry on our research degree (MPhil and PhD) programmes, we ask you to provide a 500-1,000 word research statement, excluding any references/bibliography you may include, setting out your research motivation, ideas and aspirations. English language requirements IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas) Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores) BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)
  • IELTS score: 7