Brunel Integrated PhD (New Route PhD) - Human Sciences

Human Sciences, within the Department of Social Sciences Media and Communications, are multidisciplinary, embracing psychology, social anthropology, sociology and communications. They stress the strength and integrity of each of the constituent disciplines but also the importance of collaborative research and teaching. This collaboration includes major links between the Human Sciences disciplines, and co-operation with other social and natural sciences as well as major external organisations.

All members of the teaching staff are actively engaged in academic research and most have international reputations. This is reflected in our high scores in the HEFCE Research Assessment Exercise for 2001. The atmosphere is both stimulating and friendly and regular personal tutorials are a key aspect of that teaching and care.

Human Sciences have a full range of laboratory and technical facilities which are used in the teaching of experimental psychology, computing and video production. There are also excellent radio production facilities in Media Services.

The Centre for Cognition and Neuroimaging (CCNI) is part of a major collaboration between four universities (Brunel, Royal Holloway, Reading and Surrey). The centrepiece is a £2 million, 3T fMRI facility dedicated to brain imaging research. The Centre incorporates the Vision Research Laboratory (Wellcome), and includes work in neuropsychology, dyslexia and developmental disorders.

The Centre for the Study of Health and Illness (CSHI) carries out research on the social, psychological and cultural aspects of medicine and health. In addition, academics in Human Sciences are involved in the Centre for Research into Innovation, Culture and Technology (CRICT) which carries out research into technological innovations and their social and economic context and implications. The Centre for Child-Focused Anthropological Research (C-FAR) was established in 1999 with funding from the Princess Diana Memorial Fund and support from the Royal Anthropological Institute. Its main focus is to bring an anthropological approach to major issues affecting children and childhood.

The Centre for Media and Communications Research (CMCR) addresses such topics as media representation and regulation.

The Centre for Research in Infant Behaviour was established in 2003 to study vision and cognition from birth onwards in both typically developing children and children with developmental disorders.

Other major research emphases include:

  • the sociology of science, technology and the environment;
  • media and communications;
  • communication and information technology;
  • social anthropology;
  • cognitive psychology;
  • cognitive neuropsychology of language, memory and perception;
  • cross-cultural psychology;
  • psychoanalytic theory and culture; and
  • the social and psychological aspects of chronic mental and physical injury.

This programme aims to educate graduates not only to the high academic standards expected from PhD research but also in generic personal, business and communication skills. Because it extends the usual PhD from three to four years, it develops an integrated range of skills and knowledge that both broaden and deepen the individual's subject expertise beyond the bounds of the usual research degree.


Your taught programme will promote critical analysis, independence of thought, an awareness of broader issues which create an impact on the environment of research and an understanding of subject-specific knowledge at the forefront of your discipline. The taught element will cover generic and research skills and discipline-specific modules as follows:

Module Code
Module Title
GS5525 Theory and Practise in Research 15
GS5527/31 Research Design, Methods and Analysis (Behavioural/Physical Sciences) 30
GS5530 Research Management, Leadership and Personal Development 15
GS5528 Academic Research Dissemination 15
GS5529 Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact 15
GS5526 Guided Study or Subject-specific modules 30
Total 120

This programme is designed to be flexible and meet your individual needs therefore the modules above may run over several consecutive years allowing you to negotiate your route through the programme in a way that best supports your individual development.

Discipline-specific modules

Over 30 Master's level modules are available in psychology, anthropology or sociology and communications. Current examples include:

  • Theories of Globalisation
  • Media Audiences
  • The Information Society
  • Anthropology and Public Health
  • Clinically Applied Medical Anthropology and International Health
  • Anthropology of Childhood and Youth
  • Foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Occupational and Organisational Psychology
  • Clinical Interventions in Psychological Disorder
  • Cross-cultural Variations in Psychological Findings
  • Anthropological and Psychological Perspectives on Learning

Fees 2014/15

  • Home/EU: £8,250 full-time
  • Overseas: £16,000 full-time

Usual entry requirements
A good degree in a relevant subject and/or appropriate professional qualification and experience.

Information about your studies

Brunel Integrated PhD (NewRoutePhD) Contact
Research Office
Tel +44 (0)1895 266310
Fax +44 (0)1895 269724

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Page last updated: Wednesday 03 September 2014