Funded (UK/EU and international students)

Project code



Department of Psychology

Start dates

October 2021

Application deadline


This project is now closed. The details below are for information purposes only. View our current projects here.

Applications are invited for a fully-funded three-year PhD or four-year Masters and PhD studentship to commence in October 2021.

The studentship is funded by the ESRC South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP), a collaboration between the universities of Portsmouth, Southampton and Brighton.

The studentship covers tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £15,285 (2020/21 rate).

The supervisors are Dr Zarah Vernham, Dr Jonathan Koppel and Professor Pär-Anders Granhag (Professor in Psychology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden).

The work on this project will:

There is limited research regarding the best strategies to use when gathering information from groups working together. This is problematic given the number of contexts that involve transient teams operating together to gather information about the same event (e.g. covert teams of security personnel informing terrorist investigations or law enforcement agencies working together to find missing persons). Through a series of experiments, the proposed research will examine strategies designed to individuate group members and explore the utility of such strategies for enhancing the amount and accuracy of information disclosed by groups when group members recall information either collaboratively or individually

Entry requirements

All candidates must hold a good honours degree (2:1 and above) from a recognised higher education institution. Please note, students applying without a Master's qualification containing a substantial Social Sciences methods component may be required to complete such a Master's beforehand. The Master's will be fully funded by the SCDTP and will be run from the University of Southampton.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.


Applicants for this PhD position should have at least a completed BA or BSc honours level degree in Psychology or a related discipline from an accredited course with a minimum 2.1 award.

You should have experience of designing experimental studies, be competent in both quantitative and qualitative methods of data analysis and have good writing and interpersonal skills for communicating with participants, other academics and end-users.

How to apply

The first thing you will need is a University supervisor to support your SCDTP application -- so you’ll need to contact the project supervisors before you submit an application. 

The project will require you to discuss possible methods and research design as well as detailing how your skills, background and research interests match the project.  It is therefore very important that you discuss the project with the supervisor.  

Full instructions are given on the SCDTP application form and there are different word limits depending on whether you are applying for a 1+3 (ie Masters in Social Research Methods plus PhD) or +3 (PhD only).  

Please note: you will need to submit an online application to the University of Portsmouth plus an application for funding to the SCDTP. For more details, visit the SCDTP website.

When applying to the University, please quote project code: PSYC5060120