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School of Psychology

  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

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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. The university is currently ranked 2nd in overall student satisfaction in the 2018 postgraduate research student experience survey.

Supervisory expertise in the school includes autobiographical memory, brain organisation and cognition, cognition and emotion, health and wellbeing, police interview techniques with vulnerable individuals, online trust and disclosure, social cognition in autism, and sexuality; as well as expertise in environmental psychology, evolutionary psychology, cyberpsychology, positive psychology, and the psychology of learning. 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. Catherine Kerry ().

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 should 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. Catherine Kenny ().


Funding Notes

The PhD opportunities on this programme do not have funding attached. You will need to have your own means of paying fees and living costs and / or seek separate funding from student finance, charities or trusts.

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