Postgraduate Research Opportunities

We offer research training leading to the degrees of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Students undertake a substantial research project in a specific area of Psychology under the guidance of one or more supervisors. The PhD degrees are examined by thesis and an oral examination.

For main areas of (PhD) research covered by supervisors, please go to staff profiles or Studentships 2020

Research Environment and Facilities

The subject of Psychology at Glasgow University brings together world-leading expertise in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, functional neuroimaging, neuropsychology and computational modeling in order to advance the understanding of behaviour and the brain. Researchers are grouped across the School of Psychology, the Centre of Cognitive Neuroimaging and the Centre for Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (cSCAN) (the latter two in the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology).

Facilities include state-of-the-art devices for studies into brain processes and mental activities (including visual cognition laboratories, eye-trackers, EEG labs, TMS labs, an fMRI and MEG scanner, and major computing facilities), all within one unit. We are an internationally renowned School and Centre and were ranked joint 1st in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (among all UK Universities based on research intensity). This leads to an excellent environment for a thriving postgraduate community and interdisciplinary science.


We invite applications from holders of a good Masters or undergraduate degree in Psychology (or a related discipline). Those who already have obtained or expect to obtain such a degree by the end of the current academic year can apply. Further general information for international students is provided here.


A limited number of postgraduate awards and bursaries are available for home, EU and overseas applicants. Postgraduate students are also invited to participate in undergraduate tutorial work, for which a small payment might be available. For currently available studentships or upcoming calls, check the link(s) on the top right corner.

Applications and further information

For a detailed application procedure, see here.  Postgraduate Research Students normally begin their studies on October 1st. The closing dates for applications depend on the specific open call. General information is available here or go directly to the College Graduate Schools for further information. You are advised to begin the process of application as early as possible. Applications have to be made online through the Postgraduate Online Application System.

Further information for a Ph.D. in Psychology may be obtained by writing to:

Katie Ewart
Postgraduate Administrator

Graduate School

More information is available on the College Graduate School website.