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PhD in Psychology: Exploring and Expanding Statistical Methods and Their Applications (PhD Studentship), Cardiff University, UK

Publish Date: Jun 12, 2015

Deadline: Jul 15, 2015

Closing Date:15/07/2015
Duration:3 years
Funding Amount:full UK/EU/INTERNATIONAL fees, plus Stipend
Level of Study:Postgraduate Research
Regions:EU (Non UK), International (Non EU), UK

This studentship will commence in October 2015. The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of state of the art research facilities and resources, including 3T and 7T MRI scanners, EEG/MEG and behavioural testing labs, and high-performance computing cluster.

Project title: PhD studentship in exploring and expanding statistical methods and their applications

Statistics are a core part of inference in the behavioural and social sciences. They play an integral role in the interpretation of the results of experiments, observations, and are used in models used to understand human behaviour. The quality of science therefore depends critically on the quality of the statistical methods in use, their match to the questions that researchers have, and the level of understanding researchers have of these methods. The goal of this project is to explore and expand statistical methods in use by behavioural and social scientists. There are several possible angles from which this project can be approached, from quantitative psychology and the development of new (particularly Bayesian) methods, to the experimental exploration of statistical cognition: how researchers understand and use statistical information.

Supervisors: Dr Richard Morey

Start date: October 2015

Number of Studentships: 1


This studentship consists of full UK/EU tuition fees, as well as a Doctoral Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£14,057 p.a. for 2015/16, updated each year).

In addition, you will receive a participant allowance of £300 per annum, conference funding (£100 in Year 1, £600 in Years 2 and 3) a computer and office space.

One studentship is available.


Residency: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students without further restrictions.

Academic criteria: Applicants for a studentship must have obtained, or be about to obtain, a 2.1 degree or higher in a relevant subject, such as Psychology and Social Sciences. Applications are particularly welcome from applicants with a good first degree or Masters qualification in relevant subjects.

How to Apply

Consideration is automatic on applying forRFPDPSYA – Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), with a start date of October 2015 via Cardiff University's Online Application Service. Please ensure you include your personal statement in your application form and please indicate in the funding section that you wish to be considered for the School funding.

The deadline for applications is15 July 2015.

The interviews (either in person or by Skype) will be held on or around 1 August 2015 and decisions will be made by 15 August 2015.

Cardiff University reserves the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Further Information

For further information please contact Lesley Anne Strabel at or +44 (0)29 2087 5381


Name:Ms Lesley Strabel  

Telephone:+44 (0)29 2087 5381 


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