PhD Studentships in Psychology at Royal Holloway

Royal Holloway, University of London - The Department of Psychology

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. We are supported by excellent facilities including a research-designated functional neuroimaging unit (fMRI), EEG, TMS, tDCS and eye-tracking; as well as labs dedicated to sleep, vestibular-multisensory integration, psychophysiology, psycholinguistics and infant cognition. 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 £15,500 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 a Psychology Department studentship, applicants must apply for one of the projects listed below through the College application process shown here, in collaboration with the named project supervisor, who should be contacted before starting an application.  

Applicants may only apply for one Psychology Department Studentship. Supervisors will only be able to support one applicant.

If an applicant wishes, they may also apply for a studentship with a different funding scheme (again in collaboration with a supervisor) but if successful they would not be eligible for a Psychology Department studentship. This includes but is not limited to SeNSS DTP studentships where eligibility criteria exist.

The deadline for all applications is 12 noon on Monday 8th January 2018. For full information on how to apply, click here

Available Supervisors and projects by research area:-

Health and Well-Being 

Developing and evaluating a psychological intervention to reduce the impact of HIV disclosure anxiety in people with HIV

Learning, Memory and Attention

Impact of naturally shifting sleep patterns on memory and educational outcomes in adolescence

Perception, Action and Decision Making

Altered Gravity, Movement Control and the Brain: how vestibular-gravitational information impacts on behaviour and brain activity

Natural image statistics, cortical filters and image classifiers

Modulation of human visual perception

Reading with an acquired visual field defect

Exploring aesthetic experience in virtual gallery spaces

Social and Affective Processes

Investigating interoceptive abilities in Eating Disorders

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging to study how the brain represents the social reward value of faces when making decisions

Adolescent decision-making under conditions of ambiguity

Detection of genuine emotion and trustworthiness across the lifespan

The influence of attachment security on intergroup attitudes

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