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The Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London invites applications for PhD studentships starting in the academic year 2017/18. 

Our research strengths

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 sixth out of 82 UK Psychology departments in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 93 per cent 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. You can find out more about our research environment on our Pure profile and the research interests of individual staff on our directory.

Departmental scholarships

Each year our department offers a number of scholarships in specific areas that will enhance our research capabilities.

Our department is also part of two prestigious doctoral training centres: the ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership and the Leverhulme Magna Carta scheme

Develop your skills

We're committed to providing excellent training and career development opportunities for our PhD students. Successful applicants engage in departmental training to develop both their research-related and transferable skills. You can tailor your  own experience, choosing from a wide variety of courses covering career development, communication skills, and specialised research methods.

You're  strongly encouraged to attend and contribute to research group seminars, departmental colloquia and our annual Postgraduate Convention. In addition to departmental training, research students can take advantage of the College-led Researcher Development Programme. 

How do I apply?

All PhD positions (whether self-funded or not) may be applied for only after consultation with a proposed supervisor. That is, before you make an application you will need to find a supervisor by contacting a member of academic staff (with research interests similar to yours), to discuss your proposal. For some funding types, potential supervisors will be detailed below. If you find a member of academic staff who is prepared to supervise you, then they will able to answer any questions that you have and help you with your application.

Studentships are available from several sources, which may vary, from time to time, in terms of eligibility and application procedures.

Note: we are currently advertising one studentship.  Please click on tab "1. Psychology Department Studentship" below to view the"Neural Mechanisms of Language Learning" Studentship.

Applicants may also have alternative sources of funding and international students may receive direct support from overseas organisations, such as the Pakistan Higher Education Commission.

From time to time, funding is available for PhD studentships funded by the College or another source and allocated to the Department of Psychology. Available studentships are shown below:-

Neural Mechanisms of Language Learning Studentship

Please click here to view full details of this studentship.

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 16th October 2017

How to apply

Step 1

Take a look at the advertised project description. If you are interested in applying and have any questions about the project, please contact Prof Kathy Rastle (primary Supervisor) or Dr Jakke Tamminen who will be the joint supervisors on this project.  Click on their name to view their research profiles.  

Step 2

Your application must be submitted through Royal Holloway Direct, the College’s online applications portal. The online application system provides a lot of detail, including a list of documents that are required for each PhD application.

Note, as this is a pre-determined project you will not be required to submit a Project Proposal. You should however provide a summary (maximum two pages) describing your research interests and skills and why this particular project is of interest to you.  Please include why and how you want to investigate this topic within the Rastle Lab.

You will need to nominate two referees, neither of which should be your proposed supervisor.  They will be contacted by the College directly, but it is always a good idea that you contact any referees before you submit your application to make them aware of your plans and provide them with details of the project you are applying for, so that they can respond to the College request swiftly.

As part of your Royal Holloway Direct application you will need to provide: 

  • An up-to-date CV and personal statement;
  • Degree transcript(s), plus certificate(s) if available and copies of any other qualifications;
  • Copies of English language qualifications (if English is not your first language);
  • Contact details for two academic references; and
  • A one/two page summary of your research interests describing why this project is of interest to you, including why and how you want to investigate this topic within the Rastle Lab.

Once you have carefully checked your application press the submit button. Your application is on its way! 

Closing date: 5pm on Monday 16th October 2017

What happens next?

After completeness and validity checks, your electronic submission will be sent to the Department of Psychology, together with the references obtained by the College. Once the Department is happy that all the required information is attached to your application, it is passed to the Postgraduate Research Committee, along with those of other applicants, for their consideration. The Committee may, at this stage, request further information from individual applicants. 

If you are unsuccessful at this stage you will be notified via email. If you are shortlisted then, you may be invited to an interview, which under certain circumstances may be done by video link.  

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) National Productivity Investment Fund award 

Applicants are invited to apply for a TECHNE AHRC funded PhD studentship between the Department of Psychology and the Media Arts department.

Royal Holloway is the lead member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, which offers Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) awards for those commencing doctoral study in September 2017.  

Project title: Using depth of field to guide attention and convey narrative structure

Supervisors: Dr Szonya Durant (Department. of Psychology) and Mr Adam Ganz (Department. of Media Arts)

View full details of this studentship.

How to apply


Step 1

Take a look at the advertised project. To discuss your application and whether you might be considered a suitable candidate for this TECHNE award, please contact szonya.durant@royalholloway.ac.uk or adam.ganz@royalholloway.ac.uk  who will be the supervisors. They will also be able to answer any questions that you might have about the project.
Read Szonya’s research profile and Adam’s research profile.

Step 2

If they agree that you are a suitable candidate for this TECHNE award, submit a university application form via Royal Holloway Direct by 5pm on Tuesday 1 August 2017. 
Note, as this is a pre-determined project you will not be required to submit a Project Proposal with the application form, however you should provide a summary (one page) describing your research interests and skills and why this particular project is of interest to you.

You will need to nominate two referees, neither of which should be your proposed supervisors. They will be contacted by the university directly, but it is always a good idea that you contact any referees before you submit your application to make them aware of your plans, and so they can respond to the university request swiftly.

As part of your Royal Holloway Direct application you will also need to provide: 

  • An up-to-date CV

  • A degree transcript (plus certificate if available) and copies of any other qualifications

  • Copies of English language qualifications (if English is not your first language). Note, international students are not eligible for AHRC awards

  • Contact details for two references

  • A one page summary of your research interests describing why this project is of interest to you.

Closing date: 5pm on Tuesday 1 August 2017

What happens next?


After completeness and validity checks, your application plus your references will be passed to the Postgraduate Research Committee, along with those of other applicants, for their consideration.The Committee may, at this stage, request further information from individual applicants. 

If you are unsuccessful at this stage you will be notified via email. If you are shortlisted then, you may be invited to an interview, which under certain circumstances may be done by video link.

Interviews will be held between 7 and 18 August 2017. 

The selection panel will decide after the interviews which applications will then be put forward to TECHNE for final approval.

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ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training partnerships

The Department of Psychology is part of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), which unites research-intensive universities in south east England by providing outstanding postgraduate training through ESRC funding. More information about the Network can be found here

This competition has its own (additional) application portal. However, all applications will be submitted by the participating institution, not by the individual. Therefore, all applicants interested in applying to this scheme should apply to the department using the process described for "department studentships", by the same deadline. 

The Postgraduate Research Committee will decide which applications will then be put forward to the SeNSS DTP competition. 

Please note that you may submit an application for a project not listed within the "departmental studentships" and ask that it be considered for the SeNSS DTP competition only, however it would not be eligible for a department studentship. You must contact the proposed supervisor(s) in advance to ensure they are prepared to supervise you, and so that they may provide input to your project proposal and application.

Applications for a September 2017 start date closed on 9 December 2016.  If you're interested in pursuing one of these studentships in the future, please keep checking this website as the studentships for September 2018 entry will be posted here in the autumn term, 2017.  

Royal Holloway hosts the Leverhulme Magna Carta doctoral programme, details of which can be found here. Specific projects will be advertised below, as they become available. 

Project title:

The risk of unknowingly disclosing personal information through eye tracking and webcam technology

Supervisors:

Dr Szonya Durant (Department. of Psychology), Dr Dawn Watling (Department of Psychology) and Dr Zhiyuan Luo (Department of Computer Science)

View full details of the studentship.

How to apply

Step 1

Take a look at the advertised project. To discuss your application and whether you might be considered a suitable candidate for this Leverhulme Magna Carta studentship, please contact szonya.durant@royalholloway.ac.ukdawn.watling@royalholloway.ac.uk or zhiyuan.luo@royalholloway.ac.uk who will be the supervisors. They will also be able to answer any questions that you might have about the project.

Read Szonya’s research profile, read Dawn's research profile and Zhiyuan's research profile.

Step 2

If they agree that you are a suitable candidate for this Leverhulme Magna Carta studentship, submit a university application form via Royal Holloway Direct by 5pm on Tuesday 1 August 2017 (this date may be extended if not enough applications are received for the September 2017 start date). 

Note, as this is a pre-determined project you will not be required to submit a Project Proposal with the university application form, however you should provide a summary (one page) describing your research interests and skills and why this particular project is of interest to you.

You will need to nominate two referees, neither of which should be your proposed supervisors.  They will be contacted by the university directly, but it is always a good idea that you contact any referees before you submit your application to make them aware of your plans, and so they can respond to the university request swiftly.

As part of your Royal Holloway Direct application you will also need to provide: 

  • An up-to-date CV and personal statement
  • A degree transcript (plus certificate if available) and copies of any other qualifications
  • Copies of English language qualifications - if English is not your first language; 
  • Contact details for two academic references (see above) and
  • A one page summary of your research interests describing why this project is of interest to you.

Once you have carefully checked your university application press the submit button. Your application is on its way! 

Closing date: 5pm on Tuesday 1 August 2017

What happens next?

After completeness and validity checks, your application plus your references will be passed to the Postgraduate Research Committee, along with those of other applicants, for their consideration. The Committee may, at this stage, request further information from individual applicants. 

If you are unsuccessful at this stage you will be notified via email. If you are shortlisted then, you may be invited to an interview, which under certain circumstances may be done by video link. Interviews will be held between 7 and 18 August 2017 (can be flexible around existing commitments). 

From time to time the university provides matched funding for a PhD studentship and UK/EU fees if a partner is found from industry or the charity sector. Any such studentships will be advertised here.

There are currently no studentships of this type to view here.

 

 

 

Any questions?

Please contact Professor Johannes Zanker,  Director of Graduate Studies or 

Dr Catherine Sebastian, Deputy Director of Graduate Studies

 

 

 


 
 
 
 

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