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Developmental Psychology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 49 Developmental Psychology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

PhD candidates in Developmental psychology research the social, emotional, and cognitive development of individuals over time. Research within Developmental Psychology often focus on childhood since this is the period of life during which most change occurs – but the field has expanded significantly to include study of the entire human lifespan.

By the end of your PhD, you’ll have produced a unique piece of research that will make a significant contribution to our understanding of Developmental Psychology.

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

Under the guidance of one or more specialist supervisors with an expertise in your chosen topic, you’ll conduct independent research eventually culminating in an extended dissertation. You may use a variety of methodologies including behavioural experiments, computational modelling, and eye-movement analysis.

Possible research areas include:

  • Behavioural genetics
  • Educational neuroscience
  • Developmental disorders
  • Language acquisition
  • Memory development
  • Sensory processing and executive functions

You may also be part of wider research group with shared objectives. Psychology departments often benefit from links with external organisations such as local schools and charities, meaning you’ll have the opportunity to conduct experiments with a range of participants.

Many students in Developmental Psychology will propose their own research project, meaning you’ll identify a gap in the academic literature and determine the methodology and objectives of your work independently. If you opt to apply for one of several advertised PhDs in Developmental Psychology, your host institution will determine the parameters of your research.

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 Developmental 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 Developmental Psychology Careers

Your PhD will equip you will numerous transferable skills such as research methodology, academic writing, and presentation. Many graduates will go on to work in academia and conduct further research. You’ll also be well positioned to pursue a career in sectors such as local or national government, school leadership or public sector research – to name just a few.

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PhD in Decision Neuroscience - neurocomputational mechanisms of social behaviour

About the project. Applications are invited for a 3.5-year funded PhD studentship in Decision Neuroscience, based at the Centre for Human Brain Health at the University of Birmingham, UK (https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/centre-for-human-brain-health). Read more

PhD Studentship in quantitative genetics of neurodevelopment

The student will have the opportunity to work on a project analysing data from large-scale longitudinal and developmental cohorts with a focus on infant and child phenotypes. Read more
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Developing an adapted curriculum of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for children and young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)

ESRC WGSSS studentship in Education. The School of Education at Bangor University are delighted to offer fully funded Wales Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS) (ESRC DTP) studentships starting in October 2024. Read more

The relationship between chronic pain and cognitive function: A life course perspective

This PhD project aims to understand the role that health, social and psychological factors at different points across the lifespan play in the relationship between chronic pain and cognitive function in mid-to-later life. Read more

The dance culture and its impact on the dancer

Fulfilling one’s potential by becoming the best dancer one can become and joining a professional dance company is a dream of many young people, who enter vocational dance training. Read more
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The development of a risk assessment tool for under 18-year-olds who display harmful sexual behaviour, both offline and online

Around a third of sexual abuse is perpetrated by children and young people. However, current assessment tools have primarily been informed by what is known about the treatment needs of adult sexual offenders, and there is a lack of research involving young people and their families. Read more
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Neuro-cognitive mechanisms of goal-oriented reading

Reading in everyday life is a context-sensitive and goal-sensitive process. Reading a textbook for an exam is very different from reading your favourite novel. Read more

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