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Why a PhD in Psychology at Edinburgh?

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

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?

• We consistently rank as one of the top 30 universities in the world for psychology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 and Complete University Guide)

• 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)

• You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities including laboratories for cognitive neuroscience, developmental science, human movement, individual differences and general experimental psychology.

• You get to study in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Edinburgh offers a historical heart with a thriving, modern culture and is consistently voted the most desirable place to live in Britain.

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 £14,553 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 science
We 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.

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 25 November 2019. 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

Please get in touch with our School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences Postgraduate Office should you have any questions, telephone: +44 (0) 131 651 5002, email:

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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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