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We have 1 Developmental Psychology (copyright) 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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