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PhD Opportunities in Psychology at the University of Winchester


 


About the Programme

Study for a PhD with our passionate and expert Winchester Psychology team. Located in the historic city of Winchester, often considered one of the most desirable places to live in the UK, the Department of Psychology has grown rapidly in recent years, developing a vibrant, inclusive research culture. Reflecting this growth, in the REF2021 results we achieved the 7th largest increase in UoA4 research power (out of 93 units) and 64% of our research outputs were judged world-leading or internationally excellent.

We now invite prospective PhD students to join one of our five psychology research groups/centre and help shape the next generation of psychological research. Details of our research groups, academic staff, areas of PhD supervision and specific PhD project opportunities can be found by visiting our research group/centre webpages. Highlights include:

Our Centre for Forensic and Investigative Psychology seek students to work on: (1) “The Psychology of Interviewing in Investigative and Security Contexts”. This project will expand the evidence base for ethical, effective interviewing/information elicitation practices, focusing on topics such as interviewing vulnerable or intoxicated witnesses/victims or detecting deception. (2) “Supporting Vulnerable Witnesses to Give Evidence”. This project will examine how Autistic Witnesses with Intellectual Disability fare at each stage of a 'mock' criminal investigation. Supervision is also available in areas relating to: vulnerable witnesses and investigative interviewing; eye witness identification; detecting deception; psychology of offending behaviour.

Our Healthy Lives Research Group seek a student to work on “Developing and evaluating the feasibility of an intervention for use in large organisations to support women's return to work following treatment for breast cancer”. Supervision is also available in areas including: health behaviours, such as sleeping and eating; patient decision-making; healthy working practices in organisations.

Our Social and Organisational Research Group are seeking a student to research “Why people engage in environmental volunteering”. You would work with a research team that has an international reputation for work on voluntary and civic action, and how volunteering relates to the health and wellbeing of volunteers and communities. Our department houses the Volunteering Research Hub, a multi-stakeholder network, bringing together academics, voluntary and community organisations, NHS and other health stakeholders, and local and national government. Supervision is also available in areas including: wellbeing; social identities; group processes; interpersonal interaction; citizenship; political and civic engagement; culture; leadership; organisational behaviour.

Our Brain and Cognition Research Group seeks students to work on: (1) Alcohol intoxication or mental health effects on perception, attention and social evaluation of face and/or body images. (2) Developing a strategic metacognitive approach to detecting deception. (3) The influence of cognitive biases (e.g. for emotional or threatening content) on the social transmission of information including the spread of misinformation and conspiracy theories. Supervision is also available on topics relating to complex cognition and contexts including creative thinking, spatial cognition, social cognition, mental health, and head injury.

Our Childhood and Youth Psychology Research Group seeks students to work on topics relating to its focus on children’s and adolescents’ social, emotional and cognitive development with the aim of improving psychological wellbeing, relationships at home and school, and academic achievement.

Get in touch!

To find out more about Postgraduate Research at Winchester and how to apply please visit our webpages, email our Postgraduate Research team () or call them on +44 (0) 1962 827483.

To learn more about PhD opportunities and research in the Department of Psychology contact the Psychology Research Lead, Professor Paul Sowden:

Applicant notes

We accept applications all year round. The next start dates are April and September 2023.

Applicants will normally have a first or high upper-second class undergraduate honours degree and/or a master's degree in psychology or a cognate discipline. We welcome international applicants.


Funding Notes

The UK Government has introduced Doctoral Student Loans (View Website) for eligible students. Part-time study is also possible, enabling you to work and study at the same time. You can also apply to study on a self-funded basis. International students may benefit from funding provided by their government or employers.

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