MPhil/PhD Scholarship Components of Aggression in 5-year Old School Children

Ref: VCS-HSC-03-13


This scholarship will examine the relationship between aggression and components of Executive Functioning (EF) in a longitudinal study over the course of one school year. Aggression can be viewed in terms of its function; reactive (hot-headed, in response to a perceived provocation), or proactive (instrumental), as well as form (often identified as either physical or relational). Recent developments have distinguished between ‘hot’ and ‘cool’ components of EF. ‘Hot’ components refer to those involving incentives or motivations, whereas ‘cool’ components are those such as inhibition of motor responses or attentional flexibility. These have yet to be examined in relation to the form and function of aggression. 

The student will assess ‘hot’ and ‘cool’ components of five-year-old children’s EF.  Children will report on their own and peers’ aggressive and prosocial behaviour. Teachers will report on the children’s aggressive (split by form and function) and prosocial behaviour. It is expected that the results will further our understanding of aggression and have implications for the development of specific interventions.

The successful candidate will receive a £13726 bursary (years 2 and 3 linked to RCUK Doctoral Stipend rate) plus a contribution towards tuition fees of up to the equivalent of the university’s Home/EU rate for the duration of their scholarship, subject to performance.

Applicants must hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (UK or UK equivalent) in a relevant discipline. 

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For further information please contact the supervisor: Dr Claire Monks, 020 8331 9584.

For additional information about the studentship and links to the application form please go to: 

The application form should be completed and returned to: and include: a comprehensive CV and a one page covering letter explaining your interest in the project and how it relates to past experience and present motivations. Attachments should be in PDF or Word format.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 UTC on Tuesday 18 June 2013

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