School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences PhD Scholarships

Information about eligibility and the application process

The School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences (PPLS) is pleased to offer a number of PhD scholarships for programmes starting in the 2020/21 academic year. The scholarships are available to postgraduate students intending to study for a PhD within PPLS on either a full or part-time basis. The awards are offered on a highly competitive basis and are subject to annual renewal.

Applications are welcome from students applying to study in any of our three subject areas: Philosophy, Psychology and Linguistics & English Language (LEL)


  • These scholarships are funded by the School of PPLS.
  • The award provides full-time tuition fees (UK/EU or overseas level) with an annual stipend of £14,553 for three years (pro rata for part-time students)


  • The successful applicant will have a very good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline and ideally will have, or will be studying for, a postgraduate masters degree (or equivalent).
  • Existing doctoral researchers (i.e. those in their 1st or 2nd year of doctoral study) are not eligible for this award.


Apply to the relevant PhD programme by Monday 25 November 2019. All complete PhD applications received by these deadlines will be considered for the scholarships. There is no additional application form, you will be automatically considered.

Application process


We encourage projects in the following areas:

Crowd Psychology

Using principles of group identity to improve crowd safety in emergencies and at mass events by exploring the role of group identity on feelings of safety, empowerment, and well-being. More broadly, examining underlying prejudice and stigmatisation (and how these can be overcome), the role of collective action and efficacy in political change, and antecedents to political behaviour.

Neuroscience of language

Investigating cognitive control of semantic memory and natural speech, particularly declines in these abilities in healthy ageing and neurodegeneration.