PhD studentship within the School of Psychology

Applications are invited for a PhD studentship (3 years full-time). The studentship will start on 01 April 2022.


To apply please use the online application form. Simply search for PhD Psychology, 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


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. 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 (at least) an upper second class or first class honours degree in an appropriate subject and preferably a relevant MSc or MRes qualification.

The studentship is supported for three years and includes full home tuition fees plus a stipend starting at £15,609 per annum. The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for home fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between the home and the overseas tuition fee rates.

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.

Informal inquiries about projects and supervisors may be sent to Dr Patricia Kanngiesser, Postgraduate tutor. For inquiries about the admission process, please contact the Doctoral College.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 16 January (midnight, UK time). Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in February. 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 March 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.