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Clinical Psychology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

We have 34 Clinical Psychology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Self-funded Students

PhD candidates in clinical psychology study the causes, presentation and treatment of a wide range of mental health problems. You’ll have the opportunity to make a substantial contribution to our understanding of psychological disorders and pathology, which will ultimately aid in the improvement of treatment options and the promotion of wellbeing.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Clinical Psychology?

Over the course of your PhD you’ll work with a supervisor to complete an individual research project. Many Clinical Psychology PhD projects in the UK are in partnership with NHS trusts, meaning you’ll have the opportunity to work with clinicians and patients and collect data using a variety of methods such as neuroimaging, behavioural testing, focus groups and surveys.

Possible research areas include:

  • Psychotherapies
  • Addiction
  • Violence/ offending behaviour
  • Mood, anxiety and eating disorders
  • Psychosis and complex mental health
  • Trauma

There are a number of advertised Clinical Psychology PhDs in the UK. These are often delivered in partnership with NHS services, with the aim of improving mental health treatments. Students can also propose their own research projects.

Most of your research will be done independently, but you’ll often have the opportunity to discuss your work with fellow students and academics as part of a wider research group. You may also be encouraged to attend taught units that are relevant to your chosen topic. Many of the academics you’ll work with will hold clinical posts within the NHS, ensuring your research remains grounded in clinical practice.

Entry Requirements

The most common entry requirement for PhD programmes in Psychology is a an upper second-class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject, though a Masters is often desirable (and occasionally required). Applicants with a lower classification of undergraduate degree will usually only be considered if they also hold a Masters with a Merit or Distinction.

PhD in Clinical Psychology funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Psychology PhDs in the UK is the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It provides fully funded studentships that include coverage of your tuition fees, along with a stipend to cover living expenses. Advertised Psychology PhDs will often have studentships attached. Students proposing their own research project may be able to apply for a studentship after being accepted onto a programme.

Many Psychology PhD programmes, however, will only accept self-funded students. Options for independently financing your PhD include the UK government’s doctoral loan, part-time employment alongside your studies and support from charities or trusts.

PhD in Clinical Psychology Careers

A PhD in Clinical Psychology will equip you with numerous transferable skills such as academic writing and publishing, data analysis, critical thinking and abstract reasoning. Many graduates will go on to continue their careers in research, but the skillset you’ll earn will also be invaluable in numerous non-academic sectors, such as marketing, human resources, government and media.

It’s worth noting that while you’ll graduate in with an expertise in the field of Clinical Psychology, your PhD alone will not automatically qualify you to practice as a Clinical Psychologist in the UK. To assess and treat patients in a clinical setting, you’ll need to become a chartered member of the British Psychological Society. The most common route to achieving this is completing a vocational course such as the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (ClinPsyD).

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Funded PhD- Advancing gender and sex equity in health research

There are health disparities within sex and gender. This project will explore the sex and gender differences in healthcare research to better understand how key areas of inequity impact on health outcomes. Read more

Mood and Reward and Mental Health

We examine a broad range of topics in the Neuroscience of Reward Group, all connected by reward processing and mental health. For example, we examine youth depression and mood in peri/menopause. Read more

PhD AHRC NWCDTP (+3) and ESRC NWSSDTP (1+3/+3)

Keele University invites expressions of interest and applications for PhD studentships from well-qualified applicants to undertake a PhD at Keele and to work with prospective supervisors and the Faculties Team to submit PhD studentship applications in the 2023-24 round of the AHRC NWCDTP (+3) and the ESRC NWSSDTP (1+3/+3). Read more

In the game for life: Lifelong welfare, education and support for rugby players

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 3-year PhD to commence in October 2024. . The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Science and Health and the candidate will join the Physical Activity, Health and Rehabilitation Thematic Research Group. Read more

Neurodevelopment in childhood-onset epilepsies

  Research Group: Centre for Inflammation Research
·      Background. Childhood-onset epilepsies, forty percent of which are due to monogenic causes (1), are associated with negative sequela across the lifespan, including poor academic achievement, difficulties with social and behavioural functioning, and high rates of unemployment. Read more

Breaking the Loneliness Cycle: Memory Biases as a Causal Mechanism for Loneliness

Tackling loneliness is a societal priority because it is linked to poor health, academic and occupational outcomes. This scholarship offers an exciting opportunity to investigate the role of memory biases as a cognitive psychological mechanism underpinning loneliness. Read more

Revealing the Unseen: Enhancing awareness of ‘invisible’ visual impairment following stroke (Ref: RDF24/HLS/PSY/DUNNE)

Stroke is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, impacting over 150,000 people every year in the UK. Stroke affects everyone differently; for some the impairments experienced after a stroke are unavoidably visible. Read more

MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership: Precision assessment of human spatial memory: application to early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia presents a worldwide healthcare emergency, with 55 million people already affected around the world. The main risk factor is age, meaning that the global burden of disease is projected to rise throughout the 21st century as populations grow older.  . Read more

Sleep as a contributor to the mortality gap in psychosis (REEVES_U24FMH)

Primary supervisor - Dr Sarah Reeve . Background  . Sleep problems have long been known to be common amongst people with psychotic disorders, yet they have historically been ignored. Read more

Understanding the factors that influence psychosocial functioning in older people with bipolar disorder

Bipolar disorder is classified as a lifelong, recurrent condition, associated with functional decline and a reduction in quality of life (Michalak et al., 2005; Bonnín et al., 2012). Older adults are estimated to represent approximately 25% of people diagnosed with bipolar disorder (Ljubic et al., 2021). Read more

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