Three PhD Studentships within the School of Psychology

Successful applicants will be part of a large, vibrant, highly collaborative community of PhD students and academic staff. Currently the school has 80+ students registered for a PhD or studying for a DClinPsy. Students will have access to extensive, modern and well-equipped laboratory facilities supported by a dedicated team of technical staff, a Baby- and SchoolLab, 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



The school has a wide range of psychology research interests including cognition, learning, memory, music, developmental, emotion, health, clinical, decision making, social psychology, and neuroscience. A list of 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.

Eligibility and funding 

Applicants should have (at least) a first or upper second 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 £15,285 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.

To apply

Follow the link below. Please mark the application for the attention of Catherine McCoulough and clearly state that you are applying for a PhD studentship within the School of Psychology. Please note: You will also need to submit a CV, transcripts/certificates, project proposal (approximately 750 words) and the details of two academic referees with your application. 

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

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 4 December 2020. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in January. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 28 February 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 in the workforce, for example Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups.