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Psychology Doctoral Research Studentship - Children's social development


   School of Psychology

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  Dr Elian Fink  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Outside of the family, children’s most important social influence are their peers, and poor peer relationships in childhood have been shown to have a long-term negative impact on later socio-emotional competence and academic performance. Elian Fink is interested in how and why some children come to make and maintain friendships and positive peer relationships, while others find negotiating peer relationships more difficult.

Elian Fink is open to supervising PhD projects in the following areas of children’s social development:

  1. The role of children’s socio-cognitive understanding (e.g., theory of mind, empathy and emotion understanding) for successful peer relationships, and how children use their socio-cognitive understanding in unfolding peer interactions.
  2. The role of play in supporting children’s social competencies and adaptive peer relationships.
  3. The link between school readiness and peer relationships at the transition to formal schooling.

Doctoral Tutor role: 

You will also be expected to take up Doctoral Tutoring during your 6 semesters (3 years) of funding. This work is paid at Grade 5.1 (currently £13.88 per hour), and covers contact time, preparation and marking. You will be expected to work approximately 165 hours per year, dependent on modules selected and availability.

Doctoral Tutors will begin teaching in the second term of their studies. You will be encouraged to study for a formal teaching accreditation (Associate of the Higher Education Academy), including enrolling on a ‘starting to teach’ module in the first term before they begin teaching. Candidates who demonstrate suitability for, and express interest in, the additional Doctoral Tutor role will be preferred.

How to apply

Please read the full advert and our Prospectus and our Psychology PhD FAQS before you start your application.

Please submit your application online for 'PhD in Psychology' for entry in September 2022.

International students - The School has one Scholarship available for an International student which covers a 3 year stipend AND Overseas fees. It will be very competitive and you will be considered alongside applicants from across Psychology. If you wish to be considered for funding for overseas fees then please indicate this in your application. 


Funding Notes

- A stipend for 3 years (tied to the UKRI studentship rates, currently £15,609 p.a.) to cover living costs
- UK Home fees and research/training costs are also covered.
- International students may apply for this Home/UK studentship if you can pay the difference between UK Home fees and International fees (approximately £18,500 per year). You could self-fund this amount, or secure external funding or apply for our competitive International studentship (see details above in 'How to apply').
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