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Prospective Research Students

The School of Psychology has a long term reputation as a stimulating environment for Doctoral Research students studying for PhD. Our school provides a supportive environment in which to study for Doctorates by Research with high level expert supervision. We are fully committed to supporting our students throughout their careers and support the UK concordat for the career development of researchers. Our PGR students have access to a wealth of research training support to supplement their skills.

Applications for PhD

We welcome enquiries from high quality students wishing to start a career in research. We have a wealth of strong research supervisors working in a number of internationally recognised research clusters. From time to time we will advertise fully funded studentships on Prospective MPhil/PhD students should make informal email enquiries to Dr James Walsh ( Before you contact us please look at the staff pages and the research clusters to find potential supervisors' contact details and information about interests. In your initial email enquiry please provide an outline of:-

  1. What your proposed project is about.
  2. What potential source of funding you have identified or already have.
  3. With whom you wish to work and whether or not you have made contact with them.

Your email will then be sent on to potential supervisors who then may contact you to ask you for more information about your ideas. Formal applications are handled through the Graduate School, where all the relevant forms can be found. It is unlikely we would proceed with a formal application if you had not first discussed your proposal with your potential supervisors through email or phone. If your application is of sufficient quality and the supervisors see the project as something in their feild of expertise that they wish to develop and has potential for funding, then candidates will be called to interview in the School of Psychology. An interview does not guarantee we will proceed with your application. You will be informed of our decision after interview.

Note that we also offer high-quality Professional Doctorates in:

PhD Funding

The School of Psychology periodically offers studentships for MPhil/PhD candidates. These studentships are advertised on in good time to make an application. However, most candidates will have to apply for funding from other sources. It is worth noting that funding for a PhD can be achieved in a piecemeal fashion, with contributions from more than one organization. Charities may not, for instance, be able to give an entire scholarship, but a contribution. Although we may not have any funded places available, we are happy to hear from quality students who may wish to apply for funding with our support or who may already have their own source of funding. If on looking through the potetnial funding sources below you see a call you are interested in applying for then contact us with an outline.

UK research councils and societies offering studentships

European funding sources

Health and medical research funders

Research trusts

Other useful sources of information on postgraduate funding including charities.

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