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On this page you can find out about PhD opportunities currently available in Psychology. These projects cover clinical psychology, cognition and cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience and robotics, developmental psychology, forensic psychology, social, health and environmental psychology and systems neuroscience. Click on a project title below, or view funded PhD opportunities available through one of the Centres for Doctoral Training that our staff contribute to.

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Some of the projects in the list below come with specific funding (eg, from a research council or Centre for Doctoral Training) to cover your tuition fees and living expenses. If you apply and are selected for one of these projects, you will be automatically awarded the funding.

If a project does not come with specific funding, that does not mean that there is no funding available. We have several scholarship schemes that you may be able to apply for after you have submitted your application. We also accept applications from students who are applying for funding from other sources, or have funding already.

You can find out about scholarships on the following webpage:

If you would like any more information or have any questions, please contact our Postgraduate Research Admissions staff:

Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6583

Do you have your own idea for a project?

Find a potential supervisor by visiting our research webpages. Contact a member of academic staff to find out about PhD opportunities in their area.


Centres for Doctoral Training

Other funded PhD opportunities are available through the Centres for Doctoral Training or Doctoral Training Partnerships that our staff contribute to. Visit the webpages for these centres to find out more about their projects.

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and its Applications – UK, EU and international applicants

Centres for Doctoral Training at the University of Sheffield

Once you have identified a potential project and supervisor, please complete the University's postgraduate online application form to apply. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should state this in the form. You should also include any information you have about funding that you are applying for separately, or that you have in place already. It is a good idea to contact the supervisor of any PhD opportunity you want to apply for, before you submit your application.

Postgraduate online application form

Entry requirements

We ask for a good honours degree of 2:1 or above and generally a masters (merit or distinction) in Psychology or a related discipline. We welcome applications from applicants currently studying for their masters degree. In this case, if we decide to make an offer, this offer will be conditional on the results of your masters.

Our decision on whether to offer you a place will also be based on a brief outline (no more than one side of A4) giving the ideas you would bring to the research and the reasons for your interest in this area, an up-to-date CV, your transcripts to date and two recent academic references. You should include this information with your application. Students will also need to meet our English language requirements. Find out more about English language requirements on our webpage for international students:

International students

Current projects

Scroll down to view PhD projects in Psychology, or use the search function if you are looking for a particular topic.