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Developmental Psychology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

We have 35 Developmental Psychology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships for Non-European Students

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 Study : The Psychological impact of young stroke

  Research Group: Psychology
Stroke affects 1 in 3 people in the UK, it can lead to a wide range of impairments including movement, paralysis of arms, speech, vision and cognition (Stroke Association, 2018). Read more

PhD Study : From the COVID-19 pandemic to the Cost of Living (CoL) Crisis: Examining population-level changes in mental health, wellbeing, and social behaviour during unprecedented times

  Research Group: Psychology
Commencing in March 2020, the COVID-19 Psychological Research Consortium (C19PRC) Study is the longest running online survey to collect data to monitor and assess the psychological, social, economic, and political impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

PhD Study : Understanding the pain experiences of adults with cerebral palsy

  Research Group: Psychology
Cerebral palsy is the most common lifelong neurological disability, affecting 1.4 to 3.3 live births per 1000. Pain is a common experience for individuals with cerebral palsy, and appears to increase with age. Read more

Exploring the origins of demand avoidance and relevant interventions.

Some children and young people (CYP) on the autism spectrum have a dramatic negative response to any kind of perceived demand or request, which has been termed ‘extreme/pathological demand avoidance’. Read more

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

Integrative model of inflammation, cognition and brain changes in individuals with psychosis

Additional supervisor. Dr Zia Katshu - Person Specification. Applicants should have a strong background in clinical neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience or neuroimaging, and ideally a background in mental health, advanced multivariate statistical analyses or data science. Read more


This PhD opportunity will build on a trial-based economic evaluation previously conducted alongside a randomised controlled trial into the cost-effectiveness of music therapy versus standard care for children and young people with behavioural and emotional problems attending Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Read more


Promoting school mental health in early childhood is a critical period for identifying, supporting and addressing mental health. Early intervention can support children on how to cope with stress and challenges promoting resilience to build health relationships and communication skills. Read more


Parental mental illness (PMI) is a major public health issue internationally. Parental mental illness can negatively impact children’s cognitive, emotional, social, physical and behavioural development (Acri & Hoagwood, 2015). 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

Department of Psychology

This programme presents the opportunity to join our international and interdisciplinary research community working within the fields of infancy and early development, language and cognition, perception and action or social processes. Read more

Beyond the dyad: Development of task co-representation of multiple co-actors across cultures

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three year PhD to commence in October 2024. The PhD will be based in the Department of Psychology (Faculty of Science & Health), and will be supervised by Dr Sophie Milward, Dr Esther Herrmann and Dr Juliane Kaminski. . Read more

PhD Studentships in Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London invites applications for funded PhD studentships. REF 2021 recognised the significant quality and impact of the Department’s research in society. Read more

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