School of Psychology

School of Psychology PhD Study Opportunities

Psychology PhD studentships available for September 2017 entry


  • Our research has real world impact, informs government policies and fuels media debates which is why it is internationally renowned.
  • We work with a range of partners in government, industry and business so our students experience and learn about the practical applications of psychological theory.
  • We are committed to your future which is why our career support continues beyond graduation.

The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex is one of the largest centres for the study of psychology in the UK and provides an excellent environment in which to pursue a doctoral degree.  Psychology at Sussex was ranked 10th out of 82 submissions in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Not only do we provide doctoral supervision from world-class researchers, but we also recognise the need to provide advanced skills training appropriate for a wide variety of careers.  This is provided through workshops and training events run within Psychology (e.g. fMRI, structural equation modelling) and the Doctoral School.  Career destinations of PhDs from Psychology are indicative of their successful training: 89 per cent are in full-time employment, of whom 83 per cent are in teaching or research, 11 per cent in the private sector, and 6 per cent in other sectors.

Applicants can apply to work with any member of faculty across our school:

Potential applicants are encouraged to develop their own research ideas, after an initial consultation with a member of faculty.  Tips on how to write your research proposal and other useful Frequently Asked Questions can be found in this document


Funding notes

Research Council funding is available to UK/EU applicants only. Applicants must be able to satisfy the Research Council eligibility criteria (i.e. UK residency) in order to be considered for full funding.

Studentships will pay tuition fees (at the UK rate, currently £4,121 per annum)  and a maintenance allowance ( currently £14,296 per annum).

Candidates must have, or expect to obtain, a First or a high Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree, or equivalent qualification, in Psychology or a relevant subject. If you are applying for an ESRC +3 studentship you should have already completed appropriate research training (usually through an ESRC recognised Master’s course).

Other scholarships and project-specific studentships may also be available. All studentships are awarded on a competitive basis. Read further information on these additional funding sources.

All initial enquiries should be addressed to the Postgraduate Coordinator, at

Details of application procedures can be found through this link.  


Applying for a Self Funded Place

In addition to the funded projects currently listed on our web pages we are happy to consider research proposals from self-funding applicants or those with their own scholarships/sponsors.

Please refer to faculty research interests in the subject pages of the postgraduate prospectus

All initial enquiries should be addressed to the Postgraduate Coordinator, at

Details of application procedures can be found through this link.  


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