The department of Psychology at the University of York is a leading research (4th in REF 2014) and teaching (TQA 24/24) department with 36 faculty and a lively community of researchers and PhD students. The department offers a vibrant research environment and first-class facilities (see below). We offer PhD supervision in a range of topic areas, including cognition, communication, development, social interaction and perception & action, using a wide range of methods and techniques (http://www.york.ac.uk/psychology/research/areas/).
Funding for PhDs starting in October 2016
SIX Open Departmental teaching studentships
These studentships cover home/EU fees and provide a stipend of about £13,700/year, for three years and are open to all. Awardees will complete 75 unpaid hours teaching/year in the department.
These awards are for research in any topic area supervised by our faculty.
One Departmental teaching studentship in Social Cognition
This PhD studentship is to specifically work with Professor Steven Tipper (other details same as open studentships). A possible topic is to examine how perceptual/action processes change preference and choice. There is evidence that when perception and/or action is more efficient and fluent, this evokes positive emotions. Such positive emotion from perceptual/action fluency can be associated with objects such that they are liked more and chosen. One aspect of the research programme is to examine how these processes can be made more stable and generalize to new situations. The ultimate aim for this basic research is to influence the design of environments and computer games that can change behaviour in positive ways to improve health and wellbeing. The project will use psychophysical behavioural measures as well as EMG to record emotional responses of face expression and analyse the neural systems mediating these processes via EEG. Interested applicants are invited to contact Steve ([email protected]).
ONE ESRC STUDENTSHIP (1+3 or +3 AWARD)
We have one ESRC funded studentship that we can offer as a 1+3 award (masters+3 year PhD) or a +3 PhD only award for those with a masters degree. The studentship provides a stipend of £14,057/year and covers home fees for a student doing research under the remit of ESRC. For details see https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/scholarships/esrc/.
For more details of all awards see http://www.york.ac.uk/psychology/prospective/postgraduate/research/funding/
Applying for our studentships
Contact a potential supervisor that may share your research interests and jointly develop a research proposal. Submit your online application before the deadline on January 11th 2016.
For details of the next steps in the application process and further guidance see http://www.york.ac.uk/psychology/prospective/postgraduate/research/apply/
All our research postgraduates are provided with their own desk and computer and have full access to our research facilities (http://www.york.ac.uk/psychology/research/facilities/), which include:
• York Neuroimaging Centre (provides 3T MRI, whole-head MEG, high density EEG and TMS)
• Sleep laboratory with EEG
• Hearing and speech laboratory with a large-scale sound-attenuating environment
• Four fully equipped 64-channel EEG systems
• Transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) facilities
The department maintains excellent contact with local schools and hospitals for work in developmental psychology and neuropsychology and Edinburgh Zoo for behavioural animal research.
Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.
FTE Category A staff submitted: 24.90
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