Psychology PhD opportunities

PhD studentships in the School of Psychology

We have three funded full-time PhD places and two part time TARA-studentships available – applications close 7 May

You can apply for a fully funded 3 year PhD or a 5 year part-time PhD alongside a Teaching and Research Assistant post

Apply now for one of these places

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Preparing your application

We recruit talented students to our PhD programme throughout the year. No matter how your PhD will be funded, the best first step is to make contact with a member of staff whose research interests align with your own. 

Then, send a short email explaining what you are interested in, why you think it might fit with their interests and existing work in the school, and some information about you (perhaps a CV, or details of previous research experience). We're always on the lookout for good PhD students, and we'll be happy to hear from you.

Once you have made contact, you need to make a formal application through the Graduate School.


We have a large and highly valued community of doctoral students who enjoy dedicated facilities, with frequent visiting speakers and access to funding to present your own work at conferences.

You will receive one-to-one supervision from an expert in your field and collaborate with your supervisor and other staff and postgraduates to produce high quality research.

Tip: opportunities for funded PhD studentships occur throughout the year but often with a brief application period so it's a good idea to make contact with a potential supervisor in advance to prepare a research proposal. Our staff pages will give you information about our interests and publications.

How to apply

For general enquiries about doctoral study in the School of Psychology, please contact the postgraduate tutor, Dr Christopher Mitchell.

General information about applying for a research degree at Plymouth University and application forms are available from the Graduate School pages