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Award DPhil Studentship 

Department Department of Experimental Psychology College Brasenose College  

Studentship Course Fees at Home rate and stipend at UKRI rate Contract type Fixed term for 3 years 

Reporting to Geoff Bird 

Additional information n/a 

Reference Code 21EXPSY01WEB2 

Application deadline: Not yet confirmed - at least one week's notice of closure will be given


Funded by a generous donation, we are pleased to advertise a funded D.Phil. studentship in the  Clinical Social Cognition Lab at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. The  studentship is funded for three years at Home student fee levels. Note that the Studentship is open  to all applicants but the award will fund tuition fees up to the value of Home fees only (students with overseas fee status would need to fund the remainder of their fees from alternative sources). 


Research topic Understanding Emotion in Autism and  Alexithymia 

Principal Investigator / supervisor Geoff Bird 

The project aims to investigate the relationship between emotion processing and mental health in  autistic and alexithymic individuals. The project would suit people with a psychology background, but  people with complementary skills are welcome to apply.  

The PhD studentship will be funded for an expected 3 years from October 2022. The project is more  suited to full-time study, but applications will be considered from part-time candidates where  proposed arrangements would be a good fit for the project. 

All queries about the studentship should be addressed to: 

Professor Geoff Bird (  

Overview of the role 

To conduct research into emotion and mental health in individuals with autism and alexithymia.


Literature Reviews, design and analysis of experiments, writing reports of studies for journal  articles and a thesis. 

Education and training 

The studentship is for a DPhil place at the University of Oxford. 

Other General Responsibilities 

Formal training agreed with supervisor. 

Selection Criteria 


As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted the equivalent of the following UK  qualifications: 

a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours in psychology  or a related discipline that is relevant to your proposed research.  

For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.5 out of 4.0.  

The applicant must also pass the English Language Requirement, for more information please visit: languages-funding#content-tab--3 


Training in statistics and/or programming.  

How to apply 

In addition to the submission of a completed application form and the application fee, the following  materials are compulsory for all applications: 

1. Three academic references  

2. Transcript(s) of previous higher education  

3. CV 

4. Research Proposal: Your application should include a research proposal that indicates how  your proposed research would engage with the core elements of this project if you were  offered the studentship. 

The application form, all supporting materials required for the DPhil programme (including  references) and payment must be submitted by 12pm on the 29th April 2022. Further details,  guidance notes and information about fees can be found here:

Application details: 

In order to apply for the studentship, please do so via the University’s official website:  

You must select Brasenose College as your preferred College. 

Application deadline: Not yet confirmed - at least one week's notice of closure will be given

Further background  

About the University of Oxford  

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Department of Experimental Psychology  

The Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford was founded in 1898 and has a long and  prestigious history and is fortunate to be home to a number of current world-leading research  groups, and continues to be among the top-ranked Psychology departments worldwide. In the 2014  Research Excellence Framework (REF) Exercise the Psychology, Neuroscience and Psychiatry REF  submission from Oxford was ranked as first in the UK. Departmental turnover for 19/20 was almost  £17 million. Research in the Department is organised into 5 research groupings roughly equal in size:  Behavioural Neuroscience / Cognition and Perception / Developmental Psychology / Social  Psychology / Psychological and Brain Health. 

In 2018 the core of the Department relocated to the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter where we now  occupy two floors of New Radcliffe House and the Anna Watts Building. The Anna Watts building  houses the developmental research centre and facilities for EEG, TMS, and tDCS, along with multiple  laboratories with eye-movement recording equipment. The Oxford Centre for Anxiety Disorders and  Trauma (OXCADAT) is located at The Old Rectory and we also have some research groups located in the Tinsley Building in the Science Area of the city. Experimental Psychology has good access to a  wide variety of special populations including: mothers and babies, schools, older participants,  acquired and developmental neuropsychological patients, and individuals with psychological  problems. 

Research in the Department is supported by an extensive range of laboratory and IT facilities. The  Department has a wide portfolio of research grants from UK and international charities, Research  Councils and government organizations, the EU Scientific Programme, NIHR, and industrial sources.  Much of the work is collaborative with other Departments and often includes work in hospitals,  schools and industrial settings both locally and further afield. Many researchers in the Department  also have collaborative research programmes with leading institutions elsewhere in the UK, in  Europe, North America, and Japan. 

Through both the University and Colleges, Oxford places a high priority on teaching quality,  recognised by the award of 24 points (the maximum possible) to Psychology in the Quality Assurance  Agency’s Subject Review in 2000, and was specifically sampled with positive reviews in the QAA  Institutional audit of Oxford’s teaching provision in 2004.  

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At the undergraduate level, the Department is the focus for lectures, classes, practicals, and research  projects. It is a centre used by the undergraduates from all colleges for the Experimental Psychology  (EP), Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics (PPL), and Biomedical Science (BMS) courses. The  Department provides lecture rooms, IT facilities and laboratories for experimental and project work.  

The Department also hosts two Masters level courses. MSc in Psychological Research and MSc in  Neuroscience:  

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The Department of Experimental Psychology is strongly committed to equality and valuing diversity  and we operate a flexible working policy for all staff. The Department holds a departmental Silver Athena award to recognise advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and  success for all. 

Medical Sciences Division  

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