PhD Studentships within the School of Psychology, Faculty of Health

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship (three years full-time). The studentship will start on 01 October 2022.


To apply please use the online application form. Simply search for PhD Psychology (and select the entry point of October 2022), then clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship and name the project at the top of your personal statement.

Online application

Before applying, please ensure you have read the Doctoral College’s general information on applying for a research degree.

For more information on the admissions process please contact

Successful applicants will be part of a large, vibrant, highly collaborative community of PhD students and academic staff. PhD students will have access to extensive, modern and well-equipped laboratory facilities supported by a dedicated team of technical staff, a Baby- and School-Lab, as well as the newly constructed Brain Research and Imaging Centre (BRIC).

For more details of the School’s research activity, please visit our research pages and our individual staff pages.


Research in the School covers a wide range of topics in areas such as cognition, learning, memory, developmental, emotion, health, clinical, decision making, social psychology, and neuroscience. Available projects.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposal/plans with their intended supervisor(s), prior to writing their proposal and submitting an application. The school can only consider proposals in areas in which we have expertise to supervise a topic.

Eligibility and funding 

Applicants should have first class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant MSc or MRes qualification.

You will be required to submit a research proposal (1000 words) with your application.Your research proposal should contain a short review of relevant literature, research questions/hypotheses, overview of methods, and a time plan (all included in the word count; max. 1000 words). The proposal should also name the suggested supervisor(s) and include a reference list (not included in the word count).

The studentship is supported for three years and includes full home tuition fees plus a stipend of £16,062 per annum (2022/23 rate). The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for home fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover international fees will have to cover the difference between the Home and the international tuition fee rates (approximately £12,670 per annum, 2022/23 rate).

Enquiries and closing date

Informal enquiries about projects and supervisors may be sent to Dr Patricia Kanngiesser, Postgraduate tutor.

For enquiries about the admission process, please contact the Doctoral College

The closing date for applications is Sunday 22 May (midnight, UK time). Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in June. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 31 August should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

The University of Plymouth is committed to equality of opportunity, promoting a diverse and inclusive culture, demonstrated through our commitment to the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and as a Stonewall diversity champion. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented, for example Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic groups.

Brain Research & Imaging Centre

The Brain Research & Imaging Centre (BRIC), the most advanced multi-modal brain imaging facility in the South West, will provide the sea-change to enhance the quality of our research in human neuroscience.

With seven cutting-edge human research laboratories, BRIC will include an MRI suite with the most advanced 3-Tesla scanner in the region. It will critically advance our enquiry toward the most advanced brain research, improved radiological diagnostics and better patient care.

Find out more about the facility

<p>BRIC building development, December 2020</p>