PhD Bursaries – University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth (UK) Department of Psychology is offering bursaries linked to the following research areas:

  • Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Quality of Life, Health and Wellbeing
  • Situated Action and Communication

Successful applicants will be awarded a University Bursary Stipend of £14, 057 p.a. (for 16/17) for up to 4 years. Full Home/EU fees will be paid by the University. Holders of University Bursaries are expected to contribute up to 6 hours a week, including teaching, to support their department.

The University of Portsmouth (UK) Department of Psychology is engaged in exciting world-leading research. Twenty-four members of staff, including four early career researchers, were submitted to REF2014, with an increase of 25% from 2008. Our REF2014 performance makes us one of the best among the new universities.

  • 100% of our impact was recognised as outstanding (4*) or very considerable (3*) in terms of its reach and significance.
  • 67% of our research profile was rated as world leading or internationally excellent.
  • 57% of outputs was regarded as world leading (16%) or internationally excellent (41%).

The bursaries are offered for full-time, Home or EU candidates only. You will need to meet the following requirements to undertake a research degree at the University of Portsmouth:

A good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject or a Master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Exceptionally, equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will be considered.

For those students without English as a first language or without a first degree from an English speaking University, an English Language Proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0 is required.

How to apply:
If you would like to apply for one of these bursaries you will need to complete our online application form and include a c.v., personal statement and a research proposal.

Applicants should submit a short research proposal (3 to 5 pages), providing the background to the proposed research and an outline of the studies. Although topics are not prescribed, the proposed research should relate to one of the above research areas. Please contact potential supervisors for your research before submitting your application, so that they can help you refine your proposal. Each PhD student has a team of three supervisors, and these should be identified in your application (on the advice of your potential first supervisor). It is crucial that we match applicants to staff with appropriate expertise and supervisory experience. We are also keen to include new members of staff in our supervisory teams. Find out more about individual Psychology staff members. You can also contact the Postgraduate Tutor, Alan Costall:

Further guidance:
If you would like further guidance on applying for our bursaries or would like to ask any questions about the research topic please use the contact details above. For more details about studying as a PhD student at the University, visit postgraduate research.

Closing date for applications:
The closing date for applications for the 2016 bursaries is 5pm Sunday 3 April 2016. Interviews for short listed candidates are expected to take place between 18 April and 29 April 2016.

For more information see: