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Psychology Doctoral Research Studentships


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 Friday, January 06, 2023
 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex is offering up to 8 fully funded PhD studentships for entry in September 2023. Applicants must propose a project and name potential supervisors.

  •  7 studentships are suitable for UK students, or International students (Home fees or International fees will be covered).
  • 1 studentship is for a UK BAME student and aims to help address the current under-representation among our PhD students of those with BAME backgrounds (Home fees are covered).

PhD project

Details of our academics can be found on the Psychology PhD page of the prospectus under 'Our Supervisors'. Some supevisors have also provided Research Outlines describing the kinds of PhD research they would like to supervise. Please identify a member of faculty whose research interests/methodologies are similar to yours and approach them informally before submitting an application. They will be able to tell you if they would be interested in supervising a PhD on your chosen topic and may wish to comment on your draft research proposal.

Applicants can apply to work with any member of faculty from one of our four research groups:

Doctoral Tutoring

You'll be expected to take up Doctoral Tutoring during your 6 semesters (3 years) of funding. This work is paid at Grade 5.1 (currently £13.88 per hour), and covers contact time, preparation and marking. You will work approximately 165 hours per year, dependent on modules selected and availability.

Psychology at Sussex

The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex is one of the largest research-intensive psychology schools in the UK with 90+ academic faculty and 110+ PhD students. We were ranked in the top 20 Psychology Schools in the UK in the last Research Excellence Framework (REF) and 88% of our research was rated world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

We are one of the most diverse Psychology Schools in the UK. Our dynamic research community hosts multiple major intersecting research facilities and Centres:

  • Sussex Addiction Research and Intervention Centre (SARIC)
  • Sussex Kindness Research centre
  • Sussex Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth (CIRCY)
  • Crime Research Centre
  • Sackler Centre for Consciousness Studies
  • Strategic focus areas Sussex Neuroscience, Sensory Systems, Mental Health, Psychological Methods and Applied Behavioural Sciences 
  • EEG in the Human Psychophysiology Laboratory (HPL) in Psychology
  • MRI brain imaging at the Clinical Imaging Sciences Centre (CISC)

As a PhD student you will be part of a welcoming and active community of fellow early-career researchers, with a range of professional development and social events on offer in Psychology as well as University-wide. You will have the opportunity to take taught courses on statistics and methodology and other topics and attend a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary seminars. The University is housed on the Falmer campus near the vibrant city of Brighton, the sea and the South Downs.


  • This award will pay fees at the Home or International rate (as required by the applicant's fee status). International students must move to Sussex for the duration of the PhD and will not be permitted to register as Distance Learners. The studentship does not include additional funding towards the costs of visas or travel to the UK for international students.
  • Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, and/or a Master’s degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related discipline.
  • The University of Sussex believes that the diversity of its staff and student community is fundamental to creative thinking, pedagogic innovation, intellectual challenge, and the interdisciplinary approach to research and learning. We celebrate and promote diversity, equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background. 

How to apply

Full details of the application procedure for each studentship can be found on the individual adverts linked from the Psychology PhD Prospectus

To discuss the details of your research interests further, please contact an appropriate academic from the list of supervisors.

Funding Notes

All studentships include a stipend for 3 years (tied to the UKRI studentship rates, currently £17,668 per year) to cover living costs; Home or International fees and at least £750 per year towards research costs.

How good is research at University of Sussex in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience?

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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