We invite applications from outstanding young researchers to carry out PhD research with us. A number of funding options are available, including School of Psychology studentships and SeNSS scholarships (The South East Network for Social Sciences. Applications from students with independent sources of funding are also welcome.

Interested individuals should, in the first instance, make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss opportunities to develop a new project or submit their own independent project proposal. All applicants must submit a two-three page research proposal, even if applying to an advertised project title, unless specifically indicated otherwise. The main application period is November through January. Please contact the director of postgraduate admissions Dr Martin Doherty to discuss applications outside of this window.

Postgraduate students in Psychology have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including our range of behavioural and neuroimaging laboratories as well as the world-class Developmental Dynamics laboratory. The School hosts the Postgraduate Research Support Group, where students benefit from collaborative discussions with other students and academic staff on issues related to research practice, professional development, and other issues relevant to their career stage.

Many of our recent PhD recipients have gone on to secure jobs at outstanding institutions both within the UK and internationally, including lectureships (Sussex, University of Padua (Italy)), UEA and postdoctoral fellowships (Oxford, Cambridge, University of Central London, McGill University, Italian Institute of Technology). Others have moved into the non-academic sector, winning positions at organisations such as Ofqual and the National Health Service, and as scientific advisers to local and national governments.


Latest PhD Opportunities

Current Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Postgraduate Research in Psychology

We are a top tier, research-led university and are committed to making a substantial impact on the global challenges facing society. Our postgraduate...

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Autism and Biophilia: the impact of natural scenes on anxiety (MELVIN_PSY23SENSS)

Supervisory team:
Dr Clare L Melvin, UEA
Dr George Malcolm, UEA
Prof Andrew Bayliss, UEA
Thecla Fellas, CEO

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Spatial language and spatial cognition (COVENTRYK_U23PSY)

Talking about where objects are located (e.g. in the cup; in front of the cinema; to the left of the stapler; this phone, etc.) is an essential part of...

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Sleep and early cognitive development (GLIGAT_U23PSY)

The developing brain spends many hours asleep, an active state which we now know to be critical for learning. Yet, even in the first years of life, there are...

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Understanding the interplay between sleep and emotional memory bias in the context of depression (HARRINGTONM_U23PSY)

Emotional memories are more likely to be retained than neutral or mundane counterparts. This emotional benefit comes at the expense of peripheral background...

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A year in the life: tracking fluctuations in adolescent mood and school engagement (HOLMESJ_U23PSY)

Applications are invited for a PhD student to work on a project investigating changes in adolescent mood and how these changes impact on school engagement and...

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Human echolocation and sensory substitution in real and virtual environments (KOLARIKA_U23PSY)

Recent fMRI studies show that cortical reorganisation occurs following visual loss, where visual brain areas are recruited to process sound. Behaviourally,...

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The Computational Cognitive Neuroscience of Scene Recognition (PENNYW_U23PSY)

Why is it you remember some places you’ve been but not others? Why do some aspects of these memories persist longer than others? e.g. identities of...

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The Impact of Smell Loss on Declarative Memory (RENOULTL_U23PSY)

Studies of age-differences in declarative memory have reported a decline of episodic memory but preserved semantic memory function in ageing. This is...

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Antecedents and Consequences of Intergroup Contact (MELEADYR_U23PSY)

Intergroup contact theory states that interactions between members of different cultural groups 
can reduce prejudice and improve intergroup...

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Predictive Processing Across Sensory Modalities (SMITHF_U23PSY)

It is often assumed that early sensory brain regions passively register the sensory input present in the world. However Predictive Processing theories assert...

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Neural mechanisms of compulsivity in humans (VAGHIM_U23PSY)

Dr Matilde Vaghi is recruiting a PhD student to investigate the cognitive and neural processes that underpin compulsive behaviours, which are often seen...

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It's all in the timing: The rhythm of social interactions (WYERN_U23PSY)

Though we often don’t give it a lot of thought, the most productive and pleasant social exchanges are characterised by a predictable rhythm of action and...

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Language and Concepts at the start of life: learning in naturalistic settings (ALTHAUSN_U23PSY)

How does language help young infants learn about structure in the world? Does word learning shape their categorisation skills?

While recent research...

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MRes Social Science Research Methods

Give yourself the edge by studying at an internationally renowned centre for impactful research. Whether you’re a recent graduate with an interest in research, or are already in practice with a research question that you wish to investigate, this MRes will push you towards the forefront of your field. Throughout the course, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills you need to successfully complete a piece of Master’s level research.

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