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Applications are invited from self-funded full-time applicants to undertake a PhD in the School of Psychology at the University of Sunderland. Applications for part-time study or an MPhil will also be considered.

Supervisory expertise in the school includes autobiographical memory, brain organisation and cognition, hallucinations and paranoid thinking, health and wellbeing, social cognition in autism, emotion recognition, and Parkinson's disease; as well as environmental psychology, the evolution of psychological behaviour, cyberpsychology, and the pedagogical uses of technology. A description of some staff research interests can be found at:

For a full list of staff research interests and informal enquiries regarding whose interests are best aligned to your proposed topic, please contact Dr. Stephanie Wilkie ([email protected]).

Applicants are required to submit a 2-3 page research proposal which specifies the research aims, a statement of the original contribution to knowledge which you expect to emerge from the research, the rationale for the research question(s), proposed methodology and techniques for analysis, and a provisional time plan for the research.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for a research degree in psychology is a UK honours degree in Psychology (first or 2:1) or a UK Master's degree in Psychology (or an international qualification that is regarded as equivalent). Students without a degree in Psychology might like to consider the School's taught MSc Psychology conversion course before applying for a PhD.


All international students studying at postgraduate level are awarded a £1,500 scholarship in each year of study. You do not have to apply for this scholarship; it is automatically applied to reduce your total annual tuition fee. The University of Sunderland is an eligible institution for U.S. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Federal School Code: G35073) and Canada Student Loan Programme (EI Code: PUFL).

Applications are accepted throughout the year by Graduate Research Support. Programme start dates are 1st October, 1st February, and 1st May. Further information regarding research degree programmes, university fees, and making an application can be found at:

If you would like information about the application process or a full list of staff research interests, please contact the School research student manager, Dr. Stephanie Wilkie ([email protected]).


Funding Notes

If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application will be considered.

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