Understanding sexual behaviour and attitudes: a big data approach
PhDs and postgraduate research
Funded (UK/EU/International students)
Department of Psychology
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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 work on this project will:
- Use National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL-3) to establish any link between testosterone and sexual outcomes.
- Aligns with research in the Centre for Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology.
This project will explore sexual behaviours and attitudes using secondary analysis of large datasets. Testosterone affects sexual behaviour in many species, moderating a trade-off between mating effort and parenting effort. The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (NATSAL-3) will be used to establish any link between testosterone and sexual outcomes such as age of first intercourse, number of sexual partners, contraception use, sexual satisfaction, and sexual attitudes. The US general social survey will be used to predict marital outcomes such as martial satisfaction, infidelity, and divorce in relation to demographic matching and the local sex ratio.
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. We’d welcome candidates with a background in a quantitative subject like psychology, sociology, or economics; strong competence in statistics, specifically regression modelling.
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).
When applying to the University, please quote project code: SDTP5810121