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Studying for a PhD

Studying for a PhD

The Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London, invites applications for PhD studentships.

Our Research Strengths

The Department has an active postgraduate research community, is well-equipped for research, and is situated on a beautiful campus close to London. We were ranked 3rd among UK Psychology Departments in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), with 100% of our research impact classified as 4* world-leading. 

Research in the department spans a breadth of topics across psychological sciences and neuroscience. We are supported by excellent facilities including an onsite, research-dedicated functional MRI facility, EEG, TMS, tDCS and eye-tracking; as well as labs dedicated to sleep, vestibular-multisensory integration, psychophysiology, psycholinguistics and infant cognition. Further information on our research environment can be found in brief on our research profile page. For more detail on the research in our department, our collaborations, impact, research groups, etc., please visit our Department research pages. The research interests of individual staff members can be found within our directory.

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.

Availabe Studentships

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

Studentships are available from several sources, which may vary, from time to time, in terms of eligibility and application procedures. We are currently advertising the following opportunities: 

The South East Doctoral Training Arc (SEDarc) January 15th, 2024
BBSRC London Interdisciplinary Doctoral (LIDo) Programme January 10th, 2024
Psychology Department Studentships TBA
Psychology Graduate Teaching Associate- PhD studentship Not Available for 2024 entry


Applicants may also have alternative sources of funding; for instance, international students may receive direct support from overseas organisations. Please contact us if you would like to pursue a PhD with us with an alternative source of funding.


Enquiries for further general information should be directed to:

Dr.Robert Lachlan,, co-PGR Lead

Dr. Shiri Lev-Ari,, co-PGR Lead


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