Fully Funded PhD Scholarship at Queen’s University Belfast, UK


Queen's University can trace its roots back to 1845 when it was established as one of three Queen's Colleges in Ireland. It is the second oldest university in Ireland, and the ninth oldest in the United Kingdom. Queen's became a university in its own right under the terms of the Irish Universities Act 1908 following the signing of a Royal Charter by King Edward VII in the same year. The University is an autonomous body and a registered charity.


A three-year fully funded PhD studentship is available from 1 October 2018 at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.


This PhD project will aim to determine:

(1) when the ability to experience relief develops during childhood;

(2) how the development of the ability to experience relief relates to developments in children’s abilities to think about time; and

(3) whether the emerging ability to experience relief plays a role in children’s decision making.

The project will be based in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast and be supervised by Professor Teresa McCormack and Dr Aidan Feeney. The successful candidate will be part of a larger interdisciplinary project on relief, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, involving Queen’s University Belfast and the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham.


Candidates should have an excellent academic track record.

Experience of developmental research and an interest in cognitive or emotional development are desirable.

The student will be expected to design and carry out experimental studies in schools and in the laboratory and to analyse data using appropriate statistical methods.

Publication of research findings will be encouraged and supported.

Minimum UK Upper Second Class Honours (or international equivalent) in Psychology.

Evidence of an IELTS score (taken within the last 2 years) of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University, is required.


Funding: The studentship is funded by the Leverhulme Trust for three years and the successful candidate will receive fees (at the Home/EU rate) plus an annual maintenance stipend of £14,777. Overseas applicants will be required to cover the annual difference between Home/EU and the overseas tuition fee rates.