The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is one of the UK’s largest universities with a student and staff community approaching 38,000. Internationally, UCLan has academic partners in all regions across the globe and it is on a world stage that the first-class quality of its education was first recognized. It has an established campus in Cyprus delivering UCLan programmes and original research within a UCLan environment and culture. Amongst the University’s programme portfolios are some 230 undergraduates and nearly 200 postgraduate courses and UCLan has been at the forefront of developing degrees in emerging disciplines such as fashion and forensic science, of which it is the largest higher education provider in the world, to more recent additions such as dentistry and now undergraduate medicine, which is being delivered in the UK’s newest Medical School.
The School of Psychology and Computer Science is part of the Faculty of Science & Technology and is located in the purpose-built Darwin Building. The School is well resourced, with an extensive range of state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment, including an established Co-Registration Laboratory for eye movement and EEG recording, a Cognitive Ergonomics/Human Factors Laboratory, as well as a variety of non-invasive brain stimulation equipment (lab-based and mobile tDCS/tACS systems as well as TMS).
The School has a thriving community of PhD and M.Sc students and has particularly strong links with regional universities, law enforcement agencies, schools, community groups and NGOs
Applications are invited for a PhD (via MPhil) studentship within the School of Psychology and Computer Science, based at the Preston (UK) Campus. The studentship is tenable for up to 3 years full-time (subject to satisfactory progress).
The studentship will provide an annual stipend of £16,062 for 3 years.
Both UK/Home and EU/International Applicants may apply, but Tuition Fees will only be covered at the UK/Home rate for up to 3 years.
EU/International Applicants would be expected to pay the difference between the UK/Home fee rate and the EU/International fee rate.
Current rates for 2021-2022; UK/Home £4,550 per year, EU/International £14,000 with rates subject to change each year.
Essential criteria for the post include having a B.Sc in Psychology or a related discipline, the possession of strong analytical skills, as evidenced by the experience of a range of quantitative research methods, an excellent understanding of a range of statistical methods, and the ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
The successful candidate will be expected to make a substantial and creative contribution to the thrust of the investigation and the design of the studies.
EU and International applicants require an English Language level of UKVI IELTS 6.5 with no sub-score less than 6.0 (or acceptable UCLan equivalent qualification).
Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for an interview.
In addition to the application form, applicants are asked to submit a 500-word statement that: (i) outlines their interest in non-invasive brain stimulation and the involvement of brain oscillations in cognition.
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