PhD Studentships in Psychology at Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway, University of London

The Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London invites applications for PhD Studentships starting in the academic year 2017-18.

The Department has an active and expanding postgraduate research community, is well-equipped for research, and is situated on a beautiful campus close to London. We were ranked 6th out of 82 UK Psychology Departments in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 93% of our research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent. Research in the department spans a breadth of topics across psychological sciences and neuroscience and is supported by excellent facilities. These include a research-designated functional neuroimaging unit (fMRI), EEG and TMS labs, a psychophysiology lab, a psycho-linguistics lab, eye-tracking, and a baby lab. Further information on our research environment can be found here.

Several studentships are available, funded by the College to support the strategic development of our research capabilities, with a particular emphasis on developing new collaborations. Awards include a tax-free stipend in the region of £14,500 pa for three years, and cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Overseas applicants are also welcome to apply but would be required to pay the difference between UK and overseas tuition fees. There may be opportunities to compete for scholarships to cover part of these fees. Our Department is also part of South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), which unites research-intensive universities in south east England in providing outstanding postgraduate training through ESRC funding. Applicants should mention on their application form if they would like to be considered for this scheme.

Applicants should ideally hold, or be predicted to achieve, a first class undergraduate degree or equivalent in Psychology or related disciplines (minimum requirement: 2.1). An MSc in a psychology- or neuroscience-related subject is desirable but not essential.

If applying for one of the College studentships, applicants must apply for one of the projects listed below through the College application process, in collaboration with the named supervisor. If an applicant wishes, they may apply for a different project (again in collaboration with a supervisor) but would not be eligible for the College studentships. They may, however, be eligible for the DTP or other schemes.

Available projects, grouped by theme:

Social Neuroscience

  • The neuroscience of facial attractiveness choices (Primary Supervisor: Dr Furl ; Second Supervisor: Dr McKay)
  • The development of the interoceptive self in adolescence (Primary Supervisor: Prof Tsakiris; Second Supervisor : Dr Sebastian)
  • Detection of emotion and trustworthiness across the lifespan (Primary Supervisor : Dr Watling; Second Supervisor : Dr Durant )

Cognitive Neuroscience

  • The perceived duration of actions (Primary Supervisor: Dr Durant; Second Supervisor:  Dr Lingnau)
  • Semantic information transfer from audition to vision (Primary Supervisor: Dr Vetter; Second Supervisor: Dr Auer)
  • Mapping frontal lobe-cerebellar topography with MRI and Brain Stimulation (Primary Supervisor: Prof Ramnani; Second Supervisor: Prof Rothwell)
  • Neural control of the human voice (Primary Supervisor: Dr McGettigan ; Second Supervisor: Dr Miquel)

Health & Clinical Psychology

  • Outcome trajectories of precision treatment in depression and anxiety (Primary Supervisor: Dr Brown; Second Supervisors: Dr Wheatley, Dr Fried)
  • Psychosocial and ethical issues in perinatal gene and cell therapies for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Primary Supervisor: Dr Riazi; Second Supervisors: Dr Yanez, Dr Boardmann)

Psychology & Law

  • Memory and eyewitness identification performance (Primary Supervisor: Dr Mickes ; Second Supervisor: Dr Furl)
  • The role of facial caricaturing in police line-up procedures (Primary Supervisor: Dr McKay; Second Supervisor: Dr Mickes)
  • Source memory and reports of repeated victimisation in the elderly population (Primary Supervisor: Prof Memon; Second Supervisor: Dr Storey)

Psychology & Arts

  • Perceptual and physiological correlates of aesthetic preferences (Primary supervisor: Prof Zanker; Second Supervisor: Dr Durant)
  • The role of personal values of film characters and audience in film success (Primary Supervisor: Dr Bardi; Second Supervisor: Mr Ganz)

Education & Learning

  • What do pre-schoolers learn from ‘educational’ apps (Primary Supervisor: Dr Shinskey; Second Supervisor: Dr Ricketts)
  • Sleep patterns and educational outcomes in adolescence (Primary Supervisor: Dr Ricketts; Second Supervisor: Dr Tamminen)

The deadline for all applications is midnight on Friday 9th December 2016.

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