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PhD Studentship in Psychology, Cardiff University, UK

Publish Date: May 12, 2015

Deadline: Jun 10, 2015

Closing Date:10/06/2015
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


The studentships will commence in October 2015, and will cover your tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2014-15 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £13,863 per annum. As well as tuition fees and a maintenance grant, you will receive a participant allowance of £300 per annum, and conference funding (£100 in Year 1, £600 in Years 2 and 3). You will also receive a computer and office space. You will become a member of, and have access to courses offered by the University's Graduate College.

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.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and innovative individual. You will have, or expect to gain, a first class/good upper second degree, or a distinction/merit at masters level, in psychology, biology, neuroscience, or engineering/computer science (with good knowledge of motivational theory). Research experience in psychology is desirable but not essential as are programming skills (e.g., C/Java/Matlab/Python).

You will need to have good written and oral communication skills, and be able to work in a team. You will need to have experience of using standard software for data analysis (e.g., Excel, SPSS, R) and be willing and able to work with children and recruit participants in the community (through field work) and by contacting schools and organizations.

Project title: PhD studentship in parents’ support for children’s interactive media use

Children spend increasing amounts of time online and using interactive media, in many cases using more than one form of interactive technology at a time. Parents likely play a critical role in shaping children’s online behaviors, and in fact recent research has suggested that parents’ support for basic psychological needs shapes their emotion and behavior regulation, for example predicting whether they will rebel or conform to authority. This project will explore the role of parental motivational supports in children’s online behaviors and outcomes of this engagement, children’s balancing of virtual and other recreation behavior, and online resilience. Using insights from experimental and correlational work we will design interventions to facilitate parents’ relationships with children around technology use.

Supervisors: Dr Netta Weinstein

Start date: October 2015

Number of Studentships: 1


This studentship is generously funded by School funds. It 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).

One studentship is available.


Residency: This studentship is open to students of any nationality. [DELETE as appropriate] Students classified as international for fee purposes have to self-fund the difference between home and international fees.

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, Social Sciences or related subjects. Applications are particularly welcome from applicants with a good first degree or Masters qualification in Psychology, Social Sciences or related subjects.

How to Apply

Consideration is automatic on applying for Doctor of Philosophy (Psychology), with a start date ofOctober 2015 via Cardiff University's Online Application Service. In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided. In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from School funds for the project PhD studentship in parents’ support for children’s interactive media use'.

The deadline for applications is 10 June 2015.

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

Further Information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to Lesley Anne Strabel by emailing

General information about Research in the School of Psychology can be found on their webpages.

Details of specific, funded PhD projects within the School can be found here.

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