Funded PhD opportunities

Open Call funding opportunities

  • Application end date: 11 February 2018
  • Funding Availability: Funded PhD project (EU/UK students only)
  • Department: Department of Psychology
  • PhD Supervisor: See advert for more information
​The University of Portsmouth is investing in a number of fully funded PhD bursaries that underpin our commitment to our research base and the impact our research makes. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework in 2014, over 60% of research submitted by the University was rated as world leading and internationally excellent and we are keen to continue to foster this innovative research with our doctoral students.


The Department of Psychology is friendly, long established, and has leading researchers investigating a wide range of different topics. Our PhD students typically have at least 2 or 3 publications before they graduate. For some of our facilities, see our webpages.

We are currently offering bursaries linked to the following research areas:

Forensic Psychology - contact Dr Claire Nee (claire.nee@port.ac.uk)
Situated Action and Communication - contact Professor Vasu Reddy (vasu.reddy@port.ac.uk)
Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology - contact Professor Bridget Waller (bridget.waller@port.ac.uk)
Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing - contact Dr Clare Wilson (clare.wilson@port.ac.uk)

Project description

​You are required to submit a short research proposal (3 to 5 pages), providing the background to your proposed research, and an outline of your proposed studies. Although, there is no restriction to prescribed topics, the proposed research should relate to one of the above research areas. It is essential to contact potential supervisors for your research before submitting your application so that you can develop your research ideas with them. More information about individual departmental staff members can be found here.

Admissions Criteria

​The Bursaries are offered for full-time, Home or EU candidates only. You will need to meet the following requirements to undertake a research degree at the University of Portsmouth:
  • A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a Master's degree in an appropriate subject.
  • Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.
  • For those students without English as a first language or without a first degree from an English speaking University, an English Language Proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 is required.
  • International students are welcome to apply if they have their own funding in place, but must meet the entry requirements listed above

How to apply

​You can apply online at www.port.ac.uk/applyonline; please provide a brief personal statement and your research proposal. You are required to create an account which gives you the flexibility to save the form, log out and return to it at any time convenient to you.

A link to the online application form and comprehensive guidance notes can be found at www.port.ac.uk/pgapply.

For further information and advice about potential supervisors please contact Dr Alessandra Fasulo - Telephone: +44 (0) 23 9284 2034; email: alessandra.fasulo@port.ac.uk.

If you would like further guidance on applying for our bursaries or would like to ask any questions about the research topic please use the ‘contact us’ box which can be found at the bottom of the research degree subject area pages.

Interview date: Interviews are expected to take place between the 1st and 15th of March, 2018

Start date: 1st October 2018.

Funding notes

​Successful applicants will be awarded a University Bursary Stipend of £14,553 p.a. (for 17/18). Students will also receive up to £1500 per year for research project costs, as well as office space and computing facilities. Full Home/EU fees will be paid by the University. Holders of University Bursaries are expected to contribute up to 6 hours a week to support their department, e.g. teaching, demonstrating or marking.