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PhD Studentships in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

The Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London invites applications for four studentships funded by a strategic investment to enhance our neuroscience research capacity.

The deadline for all applications is midnight on 15th April 2016

The Department has an active and expanding postgraduate research community, is well-equipped for research, and is situated on a beautiful campus close to London. We were ranked 6th out of 82 UK Psychology Departments in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 93% of our research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent. Research in the department spans a breadth of topics across psychological sciences and neuroscience and is supported by excellent facilities. These include a research-designated functional neuroimaging unit (fMRI), EEG and TMS labs, tDCS, a psychophysiology lab, a psycho-linguistics lab, eye-tracking, and a baby lab. Further information on our research environment can be found here. Information about the research interests of individual staff can be found here.

The four available studentships are funded by the College, and would suit applicants interested in developing expertise in cognitive neuroscience techniques, in particular structural and functional MRI, EEG, TMS and tDCS. Awards include a tax-free stipend in the region of £14,500 pa for three years, and cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. Overseas applicants are also welcome to apply but would be required to pay the overseas tuition fees. There may be opportunities to compete for scholarships to cover part of these fees. Applicants should hold, or be predicted to achieve,a first class undergraduate degree in Psychology, or related disciplines. An MSc in a psychology- or neuroscience-related subject is desirable but not essential.

Applicants must apply for one of the projects listed on the ‘Supervisors & Projects (Neuroscience) 2016’ tab on the left hand menu bar, in collaboration with the named supervisor. Applicants may apply for only one project.

Click the tab ‘How to Apply (Neuroscience) 2016’ on the left hand menu bar for specific instructions on the application process. The online application portal can be found here.

Enquiries for further general information should be directed to:

Prof Johannes Zanker j.zanker@rhul.ac.uk, Director of Graduate Studies

Dr Catherine Sebastian catherine.sebastian@rhul.ac.uk, Deputy Director of Graduate Studies


A number of other studentships are available from the Department or External Sources, from time to time (please check for deadlines|), these are listed below:

These awards may be applied for after consultation with the proposed supervisor. Overseas students may receive direct support from overseas organisations, such as the Pakistan Higher Education Commission.  

If you have independent funding, this should be stated on your application.

Applicants for internal College studentships, allocated to the Department, should have the equivalent of an 2.1 honours in Psychology, or a related discipline, and meet College requirements for English (for international students). The chance of obtaining a studentship are increased for applicants holding a first class Bachelor’s degree and/or a relevant MSc.



In the first instance, you should check the research interests of members of academic staff in the Department to see who is conducting research in the area that you are interested in (see "How to Apply 2016"). We then suggest that you email your potential supervisor to discuss the feasibility of applying. Once an appropriate supervisor has agreed to support your application, please complete the online application form here, in consultation with them. Please do not apply unless you have found an appropriate supervisor as we can only take on PhD students in the research areas in which we work.

Successful applicants become part of a vibrant postgraduate research community. Both, full-time and part-time students are expected to engage in departmental training to develop both research-related and transferable skills. Students tailor their own experience, choosing from a wide variety of courses covering career development, communication skills, and specialised research methods. Students are also strongly encouraged to attend and contribute to research group seminars, departmental colloquia and our annual Postgraduate Convention. In addition, research students can take advantage of the College Research Skills Programme.









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