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Investigating and improving STEM learning : From computer coding to logic across home, lab and school

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  • Full or part time
    Dr S Gerson
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project is part of an ESRC Collaborative DTP funded studentship based on identifying optimal ways for children to learn abstract concepts from hands-on technology. The student will be based within the Cardiff University School of Psychology (and the Cardiff University Centre for Human Developmental Science). In addition to working with a collaborator in the Netherlands, the student will actively collaborate with partners at Techniquest, a Science Discovery Centre based in Cardiff, and PrimoToys, a London-based startup company producing educational toys and tools. The student will gain experience in data collection and analysis, public engagement and communication with educators, design-based research, and producing educational tools accessible worldwide.

This project will examine the factors that influence young children’s exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts (particularly computer coding) and investigate how implementation of hands-on technologies can facilitate the early learning of STEM concepts and related skills (e.g., logical reasoning, planning, perspective taking).

Funding Notes

The studentship will commence in October 2019 and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) and stipend. In 2018-19 the stipend for full-time students was £14,777 per annum. All School of Psychology students receive conference and participant money (approx. £2250 for the duration of the studentship). They also receive a computer and office space, additional funding for their research, and access to courses offered by the University’s Doctoral Academy and become members of the University Doctoral Academy.


The awards are available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis, depending on the needs of the successful applicant. A 1+3 studentship provides funding for four years, completing a research training Masters in the 1st year, followed by 3 years research funding for a PhD. A +3 studentship provides funding for the three years PhD research study only.

Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals, and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education.

EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement will typically be eligible for a fees-only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study. For more information on eligibility, including residency requirements, please see the ESRC guidelines.

As only one studentship is available and a very high standard of applications is typically received, the successful applicant is likely to have a very good first degree (a First or Upper Second class BSc Honours or equivalent) and/or be distinguished by having relevant research experience. Preference will be given to students who have a relevant MSc or relevant research experience in schools, with children, or with an interest computer coding

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

FTE Category A staff submitted: 69.33

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