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PhD Scholarships - Psychology
£15,009 (the annual stipend) plus a research support allowance of £2,250
Up to 2 scholarships
Social Sciences
Entry date
16 September 2019


The Department of Psychology is offering up to two PhD scholarships to start in the academic year 2019-20.  The term of the scholarship is three years. The scholarship covers fees and successful candidates will be receive an annual maintenance allowance (set at £15,009 for 2019/20) and a research support allowance of £2,250 over the registered period of study. In addition, full-time scholarship holders are normally offered an opportunity to undertake at least 20 hours of paid teaching support each academic year.

We welcome applications from candidates whose interests overlap with our three research themes of ‘Work, Society and Environment’; ‘Lifespan, Health and Wellbeing; ‘Cognition, Brain and Behaviour’.

Please see our research webpage for more details of our themes and associated Faculty staff.

Entry requirements

All applications will be reviewed within the department with a shortlisting decision made based on qualifications, the suitability of the research proposal and the availability of a supervisory team. Short listed applicants must have the equivalent of an upper second or first-class honours undergraduate degree AND a Masters degree with distinction.  Applicants who are unsure if their qualifications meet the minimum criteria should contact  Please note that possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee shortlisting for interview.

How to apply

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 29th March 2019.

Please submit your application via our online application form.

  • Please select the programme PhD Psychology.
  • Please state clearly on your application that you are applying for a PhD scholarship.

In order that your application can be processed, please ensure that all the supporting documents listed below are submitted with your application:

1.   Research proposal  

The research proposal should be submitted using the template. This should be concise, whilst containing as much information as possible in terms of the following: an introduction or outline of the proposed topic; a statement of objectives and/or specific research questions; reference to the key literature which supports the research objective(s); an indication of the intended research methodology; an indication of the theoretical structure and/or conceptual outline; a provisional timetable of the major phases of the research process; results expected from the research (e.g., the practical value of the research, or possible contributions to knowledge or policy or methodology).  At this stage we are not looking for a definitive document but merely an indication that you have thought through most of the above issues.

Please note that work submitted may be subject to screening via plagiarism software.

2. Academic transcripts and degree certificates

Copies of full academic transcripts from all previous academic degree courses and copies of degree certificates for degrees already awarded.  If you are currently pursuing a degree course please provide all available marks to date.

3. Curriculum Vitae

A CV should be submitted.

4. References

If you have references available these should be submitted with your application. 

English language requirements

If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English we require evidence of language proficiency.   For IELTS: the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Further information can be found on the UK Government Knowledge of English page.

Queries may be directed to


Caroline Murray