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PhD Studentships in Quantitative Social Psychology

Durham University

Qualification Type: PhD, Integrated Masters / Doctorate
Location: Durham
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,770 stipend p.a. plus covers tuition fees
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 16th October 2018
Closes: 18th January 2019

Deadline for expressions of interest: 19th November 2018.

Deadline for the submission of full applications: 18th January 2019.

The Quantitative Social Psychology Group of the Department of Psychology at Durham University is inviting expressions of interest from excellent UK/EU students for PhD funding by the Economic and Social Research Council as part of the North East Doctoral Training Partnership (“NINE DTP”). We welcome applications in all areas that align with our staff expertise. Current members of the group include Dr Lynda Boothroyd, Dr Mike Burt, Dr Cory Clark, Dr Judith Covey, Prof Richard Crisp, Dr Niklas Ihssen, Dr Paddy Ross, Dr Graham Towl, Dr Julie Van-der-Vyver, Dr Milica Vasiljevic, and Dr Mario Weick. Please visit for further information and links to staff profiles.

The NINE DTP studentships provide an opportunity to join an outstanding research and teaching environment at an exciting time when Durham University is creating a centre of excellence in quantitative social psychology. Candidates may apply for funding for the three-year Doctoral Programme (a +3 award), or may also apply for funding for both Masters and Doctoral study (1+3 awards). NINE DTP also offers a +3.5 programme, which allows students with a Masters (or equivalent experience) to complete a funded course on research methods training should they be lacking the necessary qualifications in social science research methodology.


  • If you are applying for both Masters and PhD (a 1+3 award) you must hold or be completing an undergraduate degree in psychology.
  • If you are applying for PhD funding (a +3 award) you must hold or be completing a Masters degree in the quantitative social sciences, which includes at least 60 credits of research methods training. Applicants with Masters degrees that do not include sufficient research methods training can be offered funding for 3.5 years to enable them to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods.
  • Applications from candidates with first class marks and/or previous research experience are strongly encouraged.
  • NINE DTP studentships are open to UK/EU students only. Qualified candidates from outside the EU are encouraged to get in touch to discuss alternative funding opportunities.

Funding Details:   

  • Starts October 2019
  • Tuition fees plus a tax-free stipend (currently £14,770 p.a.)
  • Additional funding for fieldwork and research activity
  • For further information, please visit
  • Candidates for a +3 award whose application for NINE DTP funding is unsuccessful may be eligible for a departmental studentship (covering tuition fees and a stipend)

About the Department of Psychology and Durham University:

Founded in 1952, the Department of Psychology is consistently ranked as one of the very best in the UK with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students ( The department is extremely well-equipped and has facilities for functional brain imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), eye-tracking, immersive virtual reality (VR), motion capture, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and physiological monitoring.

Durham University is one of the world's top universities ( The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience. Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is home to breath-taking scenery and attractions.

How to apply:

We request that expressions of interest be submitted by 19th November. Candidates shortlisted to go forward to the next round of the NINE DTP competition will be notified early in December, with full applications due on 18th January 2018.  

For expressions of interest, candidates are requested to submit:

  • A brief statement outlining your motivation for further study, a summary of your research interests, and an indication of your preferred PhD supervisor(s) amongst members of the Quantitative Social Psychology group (1 page max)
  • An academic CV (incl. names and contact details of referees)
  • Transcripts showing all marks obtained to this date at undergraduate (and postgraduate level if applicable)
  • A copy of an undergraduate thesis or postgraduate dissertation

All documents should be submitted in electronic format to Dr Mario Weick, Lead of the Quantitative Social Psychology group ( All documents should be written in English, bar the dissertation, which can be submitted in a native language.


All enquiries should be directed to Dr Mario Weick (

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