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Why a PhD in Psychology at Edinburgh?


About the Programme

 Our fully-funded PhD Scholarships offer an excellent opportunity to join an internationally renowned department within a world-class university

Why a PhD in Psychology at Edinburgh?

• According to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Psychology at Edinburgh is rated 5th in the UK and 24th in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)

• Our research environment is rated as 100% conducive to producing world-leading research, and 81.5% of our research is rated as outstanding in terms of its reach and significance (REF 2014)

• We bring together world-class researchers approaching the scientific study of mind and behaviour through a range of topics - from language development to dementia, personality to paranormal beliefs.

What do the PhD Scholarships cover?

The PhD Scholarships, funded by the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) cover the full-time tuition fee (UK/EU or overseas level) with an annual stipend of £15,500 for three years (pro rata for part-time students).

In which research areas do staff offer supervision?

We can offer expert supervision across a wide range of topics including:

• Developmental scienceWe examine how nature and nurture interact across the lifespan, from before birth through infancy and childhood, on to adulthood and old age.

• Human cognitive neuroscience
Our core interests are in memory, attention, executive function, visual cognition, and perceptuo-motor control

• Individual differences
We focus on projects relating to Cognitive Epidemiology, Cognitive Ageing, Evolutionary Psychology, and Positive Psychology.

• Parapsychology
We take a broad approach to parapsychology, conducting research into the psi hypothesis, pseudo-psi (‘what's not psychic but looks like it'), beliefs about the paranormal and the history of accounts and studies of anomalous phenomena.

Psychology of language
Our core interests are in representation of language in the brain, analysing communicative processes in dialogue, and researching the earliest stages of language development in infants and young children.

•Psychology of reading
Our expertise covers language processing in reading, eye movement control, visual word recognition, computational models of reading, and reading development.

• Social psychology
The group focuses on this theme both at the individual level and by studying interactions at the inter-individual, intra-group, inter-group and socio-cultural levels.

• Visual Cognition
The group investigates a wide range of topics including covert and overt attention, object and scene recognition, visual memory, eye movements in scene perception and reading.

How to apply
To be considered for this scholarship you must apply online for the PhD Psychology by Monday 23 November 2020. There is no need to apply separately for the Scholarship. Your application will be automatically considered.
To find out more and apply please visit our website:

PhD Programme in Psychology

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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