Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does a research degree involve and where does it lead to?
A research degree (PhD or MPhil) encompasses a substantial project, often involving a series of studies, that addresses and reaches some resolution of a research question independently developed by the student in consultation with their supervisor. Additional coursework requirements, such as presentation and participation in seminars, need to be met during candidature.

Postgraduate research is suited to students who have enjoyed the experience of conducting independent research, usually in their honours year. If there is an area of psychology you find sufficiently engaging to want to devote three years to researching, then you should consider enrolling in a research degree. The skills you acquire during your candidature will prepare you for work in academia as well for a broader range of research / policy development positions in the government or private sector.

These are some of the employment outcomes of recent PhD graduates from our School:

Thesis Title and Supervisors Currently working as...
Behavioural, neural and pharmacological effects of cat-odour induced anxiety in rats. Supervised by Prof Iain McGregor and Dr Glen Hunt Post-doctoral Fellow, School of Psychology, Macquarie University
An investigation of error management, individual differences, and negative feedback in dynamic task training. Supervised by Prof Sally Andrews Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Macquarie University

The blinking mind: Exploring the visual consequences when attention fails. Supervised by Dr Irina Harris Consultant for Insync Surveys (An organisational psychology research/consulting firm)
The neural basis of visual feature binding. Supervised by Prof Colin Clifford

Humboldt Fellow,  Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tubingen, Germany
Expectancies in double-blind randomised placebo-controlled trials and placebo induced side effects. Supervised by Prof Bob Boakes and Prof Phyllis Butow Senior Lecturer,  University of Sydney
Unfolding the conceptualisation and measurement of ambivalent attitudes. Supervised by A/Prof Fiona White and A/Prof Joel Michell. Pearson Postdoctoral Fellow in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Western Australia
Responsible gaming messages on simulated electronic gaming machines: impact on recall, cognitions and intent to play. Supervised by Prof Alex Blaszczynski

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University; Research Associate, University of Sydney

Pain related attentional biases: An attempt to clarify the existing literature and an examination of factors affecting the consistensy of findings. Supervised by Prof Louise Sharpe Post-doctoral Research Fellow, The Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney