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Meta-scientific studies of reproducibility

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  • Full or part time
    Prof C Chambers
    Dr C Morey
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Project Description

This 3 year PhD studentship, part funded by the UK Reproducibility Network (UKRN), will focus on meta-scientific studies of reproducibility. The research will include a particular focus on assessing the efficacy of recent interventions that are intended to improve research quality and reliability, such as Registered Reports (, the Transparency and Openness (TOP) guidelines (, Badges for Open Practices ( or related initiatives. Potential projects might include real-world randomised trials of specific interventions within targeted environments (e.g. academic journals), as well as observational studies and simulations to contrast different methods for improving reproducibility (e.g. multiverse analysis compared with study preregistration).

The student will be supervised by Chris Chambers and Candice Morey in the School of Psychology, Cardiff University, and by Marcus Munafò at the University of Bristol. The student will be based in Cardiff and will become one of a network of doctoral students supported by the UKRN, based across Cardiff, Bristol, Oxford and Edinburgh.

Funding Notes

The studentship will commence in October 2019 and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2018-19 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £14,777 per annum. As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, 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.


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.

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.

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FTE Category A staff submitted: 69.33

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