PhD in Social Psychology Testimonial – André Marques and Catarina Morais

We are both PhD students in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent in our first and third year, respectively. After completing our Master’s degree at the University of Porto, Portugal, we each became interested in pursuing a PhD at the University of Kent as an internationally recognised institution. We specifically sought Kent because we found a supervisor conducting ground-breaking research in the areas of leadership, diversity, and innovation and we wanted to work with her. Following some energising conversations with our supervisor, we both applied for a PhD position and were both successful in securing funding via a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA). Not only does this help us to fund our studies, but a GTA also affords us with great teaching experience and formal training, which always looks good on a CV.

On arrival we discovered even more about the University of Kent as a research and teaching environment. There is a wide variety of School-run workshops on things like PsychoPy, survey software, and general programming; there are also weekly seminars with international guest speakers; regular meetings among several active research groups; and opportunities for development beyond the PhD such as expert training for press and media, statistics and methods, and networking, etc.. Furthermore, there are plenty of resources and facilities available for students to take advantage of. Especially noteworthy is the diversity of research labs which includes Alcohol and Virtual Reality Laboratories! Essentially, this means we have all we need to do our research.

We have observed that the University of Kent’s reputation lives up to its name, as it produces high quality research from very competent and extremely dedicated researchers from all over the world. Furthermore, all this research is constantly making a strong impact on society and making its way to the public through the media.

Another great thing here is how the postgraduate community is also very socially active. Apart from the usual social gatherings, there are also many University-wide events for people to connect and have fun! Thanks to this, we felt very welcomed at Kent right away. Also, the city of Canterbury is quite lovely and the weather is much better than one might expect!

Therefore, considering its great reputation, high quality research, all the resources and the research environment, we are so pleased we chose the University of Kent – it’s a fantastic place to study. If you’d like to find out more we’d love to hear from you.

Pictured above left to right: Matt, Ana, Catarina, André, Matt and Jonathan.

For information about our postgraduate programmes, please click here.

ERC MSc Scholarship 2017

Applications are invited for a £2,000 MSc scholarship, funded by a European Research Council (ERC) grant on the project: Tracking the cognitive basis of social communication across the life-span (see The successful applicant will undertake their Dissertation under the supervision of Dr Heather Ferguson at the University of Kent’s School of Psychology, starting in September 2017. Also collaborating on the research project are Dr Victoria Brunsdon and Dr Lizzie Bradford (University of Kent).

For more details on the project, eligibility and how to apply, please see the full advertisement. Deadline for applications is 31 July 2017.

£1,000 MSc Taught Scholarships

School of Psychology Taught Master’s Scholarships 2017

The School of Psychology offers scholarships of £1,000 to applicants of any tuition fee paying status registering on one of our taught MSc programmes in September 2017.

Value and availability

  • Receive a £1,000 discount on tuition fees
  • Up to seven awards are available for entry in 2017

Scholarships are allocated to applicants who meet the general award criteria on a competitive basis, applications will be ranked by a selection panel.*

For information about the general award criteria and how to apply, click here. The deadline for receipt of applications is 31st July 2017.

*The School of Psychology reserves the right not to allocate the awards if the selection panel identifies no suitable candidates. The Scholarships are subject to full terms and conditions which will be provided to successful candidates at the point of award.