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Studying for a PhD

The Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London invites applications for PhD studentships starting in the academic year 2020-2021.

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 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. We are supported by excellent facilities including a research-designated functional neuroimaging unit (fMRI), EEG, TMS, tDCS and eye-tracking; as well as labs dedicated to virtual reality, sleep, vestibular-multisensory integration, psychophysiology, psycholinguistics and infant cognition. 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 the prestigious ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership.

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 are listed here. 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. We are currently advertising the following opportunities:

Psychology Department Studentships
**Deadline 5pm on 3rd January 2020**

ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership Studentships
**Initial internal Deadline 5pm on 3rd January 2020**

ESRC-funded collaborative studentship titled "Investigating and enhancing motivation for reading"

**Deadline 23:59 GMT on 20th January 2020**


Applicants may also have alternative sources of funding. Overseas students may receive direct support from overseas organisations.

Enquiries for further general information should be directed to:

Dr Dawn Watling,, Psychology PGR Lead

Prof Narender Ramnani,, Psychology Deputy PGR Lead

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