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Developmental Psychology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

We have 48 Developmental Psychology PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships in the UK

PhD candidates in Developmental psychology research the social, emotional, and cognitive development of individuals over time. Research within Developmental Psychology often focus on childhood since this is the period of life during which most change occurs – but the field has expanded significantly to include study of the entire human lifespan.

By the end of your PhD, you’ll have produced a unique piece of research that will make a significant contribution to our understanding of Developmental Psychology.

What’s it like to study a PhD in Developmental Psychology?

Under the guidance of one or more specialist supervisors with an expertise in your chosen topic, you’ll conduct independent research eventually culminating in an extended dissertation. You may use a variety of methodologies including behavioural experiments, computational modelling, and eye-movement analysis.

Possible research areas include:

  • Behavioural genetics
  • Educational neuroscience
  • Developmental disorders
  • Language acquisition
  • Memory development
  • Sensory processing and executive functions

You may also be part of wider research group with shared objectives. Psychology departments often benefit from links with external organisations such as local schools and charities, meaning you’ll have the opportunity to conduct experiments with a range of participants.

Many students in Developmental Psychology will propose their own research project, meaning you’ll identify a gap in the academic literature and determine the methodology and objectives of your work independently. If you opt to apply for one of several advertised PhDs in Developmental Psychology, your host institution will determine the parameters of your research.

Entry Requirements

The most common entry requirement for PhD programmes in Psychology is a an upper second-class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject, though a Masters is often desirable (and occasionally required). Applicants with a lower classification of undergraduate degree will usually only be considered if they also hold a Masters with a Merit or Distinction.

PhD in Developmental Psychology funding options

The Research Council responsible for funding Psychology PhDs in the UK is the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). It provides fully funded studentships that include coverage of your tuition fees, along with a stipend to cover living expenses. Advertised Psychology PhDs will often have studentships attached. Students proposing their own research project may be able to apply for a studentship after being accepted onto a programme.

Many Psychology PhD programmes, however, will only accept self-funded students. Options for independently financing your PhD include the UK government’s doctoral loan, part-time employment alongside your studies and support from charities or trusts.

PhD in Developmental Psychology Careers

Your PhD will equip you will numerous transferable skills such as research methodology, academic writing, and presentation. Many graduates will go on to work in academia and conduct further research. You’ll also be well positioned to pursue a career in sectors such as local or national government, school leadership or public sector research – to name just a few.

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Significant adults and peers - mapping and understanding transitions in children’s support networks over the life course.

The University of Edinburgh is inviting applications from suitably qualified graduates for a fully-funded PhD studentship in Social Policy to research the roles that significant adults and peers play in children’s lives over time so as to better understand patterns of support during early childhood to pre-adulthood, alongside individuals’ narrative constructions of such support. Read more

How do peers influence adolescent health behaviour? Using social network analysis to understand mechanisms in peer-led interventions.

Peers can have a large impact on health behaviour during adolescence. Social network interventions in schools, which involve using influential, or well-connected, students to help change behaviour, are increasingly common and show great potential. Read more

School of Psychology PhD Studentships

Apply now. The School of Psychology at the University of Nottingham is one of the largest and most active research communities in the UK. Read more

Communication and blended-learning: Language and social cues in different learning contexts across educational stages.

Research is a key priority for the School of Psychology. We collaborate with academics across the world. According to the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 96% of LJMU's psychology, psychiatry and neuroscience research is considered world-leading or internationally important. Read more

PhD Opportunities in Psychology at the University of Winchester

Study for a PhD with our passionate and expert Winchester Psychology team. Located in the historic city of Winchester, often considered one of the most desirable places to live in the UK, the. Read more

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