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Experimental Psychology Departmental Studentships
As part of the MSD Graduate School competition

The Department of Experimental Psychology is funding at least 2 fully-funded, three and a half year graduate studentships (DPhil) to be held at the University of Oxford from the beginning of the academic year 2021-2022.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified graduates who are applying for entry to the Department in October 2021. The studentship will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential.

The studentship is open to all students and will cover course fees up to Home (UK)/RoI fee level (not less than £8,290 for each year of fee liability), a stipend of not less than £15,285 per year for max 3.5 years in line with UKRI stipend rates and a Research Training Support Grant of £5,000 for 3 years.

The successful candidate will be a registered student of the University being enrolled for comprehensive DPhil training in Experimental Psychology.

Alongside research work, the department provides training in teaching skills. Holders of this studentship will be expected to contribute to public-facing and community building activities in the department and will take part in teaching-related activities in the department, such as undergraduate classes and laboratory demonstrating, and tutorial teaching in colleges. Please note that these activities are part of the studentship and there will be no additional payment for any teaching or other activities carried out over and above the research-training activities.

To be eligible for this studentship, candidates must be accepted by the University of Oxford as a DPhil student and continue to be a registered student for the duration.

We require all applicants for the DPhil (PhD) in Experimental Psychology courses to contact a potential supervisor in the first instance. This provides applicants with an opportunity to discuss the area of research they wish to conduct as a part of their DPhil studies and whether the potential supervisor is able to supervise their proposed project. Details of staff who may be eligible to supervise DPhil students are listed on our Faculty and Research Fellows page.

For more information please visit the Graduate Courses in Psychology page on our website.

If you have any questions please contact Experimental Psychology Graduate Admissions

How to apply

To submit your application for the DPhil place you must access the official online application for University of Oxford Graduate Programmes.

On the application form you must quote the unique reference code 21EXPSY01WEB in order to apply for the studentship.  You must also apply for the DPhil in Experimental Psychology Course. In addition you will need to pay the application fee. The application form, all supporting materials required for the DPhil programme (including references) and payment must be submitted by 12 Noon, 8th January 2021.


Diversity and Equal Opportunity

The  Department of Experimental Psychology of the University of Oxford embrace diversity and equal opportunity. Applications are particularly welcome from women, disabled people, and people from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds, as these groups are currently under-represented in postgraduates and academic posts in Oxford. The university’s full equal opportunity policy is available at:


The department are committed to the principles of equal opportunities and respect for individuals in creating and maintaining an inclusive environment that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. We value and celebrate diversity and feel that is critical to achieving our strategic aims and long-term success.