Psychological mechanisms of inter-professional learning in health and social care

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 January 2023.


To apply please use the online application form. Simply search for PhD Psychology (and select the entry point of January 2023), 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

Director of Studies: Dr Phil Gee
2nd Supervisor: Dr Jaysan Charlesford
3rd Supervisor: Dr Kim Schenke (, tel.: +44 (0)1242 714559)
4th Supervisor: Dr Pamela Rae  
Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship. The studentship will start on 1 January 2023.

Project description
Interdisciplinary teamwork is an integral part of working in health and social care, yet the psychological mechanisms behind successful teamwork in these fields have received little investigation to date. This project will combine knowledge from various facets of social psychology (including research on the contact hypothesis and person-models within predictive coding approaches) into a single framework to investigate how our knowledge and experiences with people from other disciplines informs our attitudes towards them, and the influence this has on our learning. 
The project is part of a wider investigation within the Plymouth Integrative Health and social care education Centre (PIHC), which supports interdisciplinary learning across the six schools of the Faculty of Health. 
The successful PhD candidate will be supervised by a team of experts in teaching and learning (Dr Phil Gee), social psychology (Dr Jaysan Charlesford), social neuroscience (Dr Kim Schenke), experimental psychology and experiential inter-professional working (Dr Pamela Rae), and will be part of he Faculty’s Early Career Researcher Forum, the School of Psychology’s Social Psychology research group, and PIHC’s inter-professional learning community of practice.
Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree in an appropriate subject and, preferably, a relevant Masters qualification.
The studentship is supported for 3 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).
NB: The studentship is supported for three years, with the potential of a fourth, self-funded, ‘writing-up’ year.
If you wish to discuss this project further informally, please contact Dr Phil Gee .
Please see a list of supporting documents to upload with your application. 
For more information on the admissions process generally, please contact
The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 12 September 2022. 
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview early to mid-October 2022. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications.  Applicants who have not received a response within six weeks of the closing date should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.