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The psychological mechanisms underpinning compensatory health behaviours


Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

Project code



Department of Psychology

Start dates

October 2019

Closing date

24th January 2019

This is a fully-funded 3-year PhD or 4-year Master's and PhD studentship, to start in October 2019.

This PhD represents a unique opportunity to the successful candidate to be part of the SCDTP cohort as well as the University’s Department of Psychology. The supervisors are Dr Daphne KaklamanouDr Lorenzo Stafford and Dr Ana Gheorghiu.

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 is available to UK students only and covers tuition fees and an annual maintenance grant of £14,777 (2018/19 rate).

The work on this project will explore:

  • the extent to which compensatory health behaviours exist within the UK population, and in which groups such behaviours are more or less prevalent
  • which psychological and socio-demographic factors underpin people’s tendencies to engage in compensatory health behaviours

Have you ever had a chocolate cake and then went for a walk to make up for it? Such “compensatory health behaviours” can in fact have negative long-term consequences, as individuals may overestimate the ability of a healthy behaviour to offset an unhealthy one.

On this PhD project, you'll explore the compensatory health behaviour patterns in the UK, and explore the underpinning mechanisms and decision-making of health behaviour compensation.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • You must be a UK resident and hold a good honours degree (2:1 and above) from a recognised higher education institution.
  • Please note, if you're applying without a Master's qualification containing a substantial Social Sciences methods component, you may be required to complete a relevant 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.

Students should have a BSc Honours degree (First, preferably) in Psychology or a related discipline.

How to Apply

Before you apply, you'll need a University supervisor to support your SCDTP application -- so please 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 4-year Master's or 3-year PhD.

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: PSYC4530119

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