PhD Studentship Lifespan, health and wellbeing

Members of this group study health and wellbeing across the lifespan in order to develop a better understanding of the processes and mechanisms involved. The group includes researchers in longitudinal epidemiology and experimental psychology with common interests in the factors that determine and/or the mechanisms that underlie healthy living, development, and ageing. Emphasis is placed, particularly, on translational research or how basic findings can be translated into clinical practice and influence health policy. With their unique expertise and skill sets, members provide the foundation for developing a distinctive, world-leading centre for research into lifespan, health and wellbeing. The Group’s affiliates are interested in combining longitudinal, epidemiological approaches to test experimental findings or theories in the real world.

The Studentship

We invite applicants for one three-year PhD Studentship fully funded by the Psychology Department in any area of Lifespan, Health & Wellbeing. Some teaching support duties will be required. 

Listed below are specific research projects for which supervisors wish to recruit a PhD student. For more information on these, please contact the named supervisor(s). We also welcome applicants who have original ideas for their own research projects, providing these fit with the research interests of a member of staff within the group (see for staff interests). 

Please specify on your application form TWO choices of research topic, one of which may be your own project idea. You should also include with your application a short document (1-2 pages) detailing why you are a suitable candidate for studying your first choice of topic, e.g. your qualifications, interests and relevant experience. If you are applying for one of the specific research projects, you do not need to also submit a research proposal as part of your application.

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Specific research projects

  • Auditory attention and ageing (Dr Kate Roberts,
  • Effects of sleep on pain, day-to-day functioning, health and wellbeing: An investigation combining longitudinal and experimental approaches (Dr Nicole Tang,
  • The genetic and environmental origins of wellbeing in adolescence (Dr Claire Haworth,
  • Understanding online social networks and their effects on mental health and wellbeing (Dr Claire Haworth,

Further details on the specific research projects:

Award available:  1 award available

Funding Details: The Studentships will pay an annual maintenance allowance at the standard rate of £13,726 and Tuition Fees at the Home/EU rate.

Length of Award: 3 years

Eligibility: Awards are open to both Home/EU and Overseas applicants. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply but, due to funding restrictions if successful, will have to pay the difference between the Home/EU and Overseas Fees. Some paid work may be available. Applications are welcome with or without an MSc.

Start Date: January 2014

Application Details: An application form must be completed if you wish to be considered for this scholarship this can be accesed at

For further information please contact:

Departmental studentship: Any member of the Lifespan, Health and Wellbeing Group in Psychology.

Deadline:  6 November 2013

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