Development and individual differences in understanding and contagion
PhDs and postgraduate research
Self-funded PhD students only
Department of Psychology
October and February
Applications accepted all year round
This project is now closed. The details below are for information purposes only.
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Applications are invited for a self-funded, 3 year full-time or 6 year part-time PhD project.
The PhD will be based in the Department of Psychology and will be supervised by Dr Sophie Milward (University of Portsmouth, Psychology), Dr Matt Parker (University of Portsmouth, Pharmacy and Biomedical Science) and Professor Bridget Waller (Nottingham Trent University, Psychology).
The work on this project will:
- Experience working with an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Biology and Psychology.
- Experience using behavioural and physiological measures.
- Experience working with children at Winchester Science Centre.
Fees and funding
Self-funded PhD students only
PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK and EU students only).
2020/2021 entry (for October 2020 and February 2021 entries)
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,407 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,204 p/a
International full-time students: £16,400 p/a
International part-time students: £8,200 p/a
2021/2022 entry (for October 2021 and February 2022 entries)
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,407 p/a*
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,204 p/a*
International full-time students: £17,600 p/a
International part-time students: £8,800 p/a
All fees are subject to annual increase.
If you are an EU student starting a programme in 2021/22 please visit this page.
*This is the 2020/21 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) maximum studentship fee; this fee will increase to the 2021/22 UKRI maximum studentship fee when UKRI announces this rate in Spring 2021.
Some PhD projects may include additional fees – known as bench fees – for equipment and other consumables, and these will be added to your standard tuition fee. Speak to the supervisory team during your interview about any additional fees you may have to pay. Please note, bench fees are not eligible for discounts and are non-refundable.
You'll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree in Psychology or a related area. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or Qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.
- Strong interest in developmental psychology.
- Knowledge of quantitative research methods.
- Experience working with children.
- Experience using physiological measures
How to apply
We’d encourage you to contact Dr Sophie Milward (email@example.com) to discuss your interest before you apply, quoting the project code.
When you are ready to apply, you can use our online application form. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process.
Please also include a research proposal of max 1,000 words outlining the main features of your proposed research design – including how it meets the stated objectives, details on data collection and analysis, and how the work will build on or challenge existing research in the above field.
When applying please quote project code: PYSC5031021