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Profile Description

Applications are invited from self-funded full-time applicants to undertake a PhD in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sunderland. Applications for part-time study or an MPhil will also be considered.

The department's research is focused on four main themes: Mental Health and Wellbeing, Pedagogy in Higher Education, Applied Cognition, and Domestic Violence. Supervisory expertise in the department includes autobiographical memory, development and play across the lifespan, health and wellbeing, language, attention, and using emotion recognition to characterise mental health and wellbeing; as well as the evolution of psychological behaviour, cyberpsychology, the pedagogical uses of technology, and environmental psychology. A full description of staff research interests can be found at: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/faculties/apsc/ourstaff/psychologystafflist/

Applicants should submit a 2-3 page research proposal which specifies the research aims, a statement of the original contribution to knowledge which you expect to emerge from the research, the rationale for the research question(s), proposed methodology and techniques for analysis, and a provisional time plan for the research. You are encouraged to make an informal enquiry to the appropriate member of staff whose interests are best aligned to your proposal.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for a research degree in psychology is a UK honours degree in Psychology (first or 2:1) or a UK Master's degree in Psychology (or an international qualification that is regarded as equivalent). Students without a degree in Psychology might like to consider the department's taught MSc Psychology conversion course before applying for a PhD.


All international students studying at postgraduate level are awarded a £1,500 scholarship in each year of study. You do not have to apply for this scholarship; it is automatically applied to reduce your total annual tuition fee. The University of Sunderland is an eligible institution for U.S. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Federal School Code: G35073) and Canada Student Loan Programme (EI Code: PUFL).

Applications are accepted throughout the year by Graduate Research Support. Programme start dates are 1st October, 1st February, and 1st May. Further information regarding research degree programmes, university fees, and making an application can be found at: http://www.sunderland.ac.uk/courses/postgraduateresearch/phd/


Funding Notes

If you have the correct qualifications and access to your own funding, either from your home country or your own finances, your application will be considered.

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