Two PhD studentships within the School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Human Sciences

Research can be conducted in any of the specialist areas of research supported by the school. The school has a wide range of psychology research interests including cognition, learning, memory, vision, music, developmental, emotion, health, clinical, social and neuroscience. Students have access to an extensive, modern and well-equipped laboratory facilities supported by a dedicated team of technical staff.  The range of potential projects and supervisors available. 

Successful applicants will be part of a large, vibrant, highly collaborative community of PhD students with good interdisciplinary links. Currently the school has around 45 students registered for a PhD, and 30 students studying for a DClinPsy. Psychology PhD students automatically become members of the Cognition Institute which is an interdisciplinary research Institute providing further opportunities for training and collaboration.

For more details of the school’s research activity, please visit our research pages.

If you wish to discuss these studentships further informally, please contact Professor Chris Mitchell. However, applications must be made in accordance with the details shown below.


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/EU tuition fees plus a stipend of £15,009 per annum. The studentship will only fully fund those applicants who are eligible for home/EU fees with relevant qualifications. Applicants normally required to cover overseas fees will have to cover the difference between the home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates (approximately £12,285 per annum).

To apply: 

Visit the applicants and enquiry page and click ‘Apply’. 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 need to submit a CV, transcripts/certificates, project proposal (approx. 1000 words), cover letter, two references with your application.  

General information about applying for a research degree at the University of Plymouth

For more information on the admissions process contact Catherine McCoulough

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 11 April 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview at the end of April/beginning of May. We regret that we may not be able to respond to all applications. Applicants who have not received an offer of a place by 31st May should consider their application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.