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Psychology Doctoral Studentship - funding available from the University of Essex

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Our Department of Psychology is looking for research students to apply for one funded opportunity leading to a PhD.

The award is a full Home/EU fee waiver, or equivalent fee discount for overseas students, living costs of £14,777 per year, a departmental allowance of approximately £500 per year to support your studies, and a total of £2,500 to invest in training including conferences and travel. Funding will be paid each year for three years of study.

Examples of potential supervisors and projects are:

Veronica Lamarche examines how feelings of uncertainty about the self, and the world around us, influence the maintenance of romantic relationships.

Jonathan Rolison investigates whether people who take great risks in life, such as gambling, have self-insight into when and why they take such risks.

Vanessa Loaiza investigates our ability to remember information from moment to moment, and how these processes may change with increasing age.

Rick O'Gorman studies whether cooperation is primarily affected by relatedness and kinship, or by the value of anticipated relationships.

Gillian Sandstrom examines what interpersonal aspects make some social interactions difficult with an aim to making these difficult conversations easier.

Nick Cooper investigates factors that protect against the impact of stress over a lifetime and increase the resilience of the ageing brain.

Sheina Orbell investigates how time orientation leads to different goal settings and self-regulation and how these processes explain SES differentials.

Elia Valentini expands his research on pain by looking at neurophysiological markers during prolonged sensory stimulation.

Tom Foulsham investigates attention in complex, dynamic and social tasks to understand how the brain guides what we see.

Nicolas Geeraert examines adaptation, well-being and identity in acculturating groups such as ethnic minorities, migrant families and international students.

Gethin Hughes examines how we control and monitor our actions, and how this shapes the way we perceive the world.

Kevin Dent explores the relationships between selective attention and working memory in both 3D and 2D environments.

Arnold Wilkins is interested in improving visual function in migraine and autism, and in treating visual stress, for instance, due to LED lighting.

You can consider other potential supervisors.


To apply for PhD funding (for three years of study), you will need:

  • a high 2.1 or first-class undergraduate degree, or an MSc Psychology, or a related discipline, and 
  • hold an offer of a PhD supervised by a member of staff in our Department of Psychology starting October 2019.

Application process and deadlines

To begin, get in touch with a potential supervisor to discuss your application. Once you have agreement from a supervisor, make a formal application for PhD study online:

The deadline for applying for PhD study is 15 January 2019.

In addition, to apply for funding, complete our online form online:

Applications for the University of Essex Psychology Doctoral Scholarship close on 4 February 2019.


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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