Heriot-Watt University is a public university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was established in 1821 as the world’s first mechanics’ institute. It has campuses in the Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai, and Putrajaya in Malaysia.

The Ageing Lab in the Department of Psychology (Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh) is offering a PhD Studentship under the supervision of Project Director Dr Alan Gow and Co-Supervisor Dr Michaela Dewar. The studentship is only available to applicants with Home/EU fee status.

Course Level: Studentship is available for pursuing PhD programme.

Study Subject: The successful candidate will join the Intervention Factory, a research study exploring interventions for cognitive ageing funded by Velux Stiftung.

Scholarship Award:  Successful candidates will receive a fee waiver, an annual maintenance allowance currently set at £14,296 in the academic year 2016-17 and access to the project funding over the registered period of study for allocated research costs.)

Scholarship can be taken in the UK

Eligibility Criteria: 

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The PhD Studentship is only available to applicants with Home/EU fee status.
  • All applications will be reviewed by the supervisory team with a shortlisting decision made based on qualifications and personal statements. Shortlisted applicants must have the equivalent of a first-class honours undergraduate degree and a Masters degree with a dissertation mark of 65% or higher; or an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree with a Masters degree (with distinction) and a dissertation mark of 65% or higher (these should be in psychology or a related field, and knowledge of cognitive ageing or interventions would be an advantage). Applicants without a Masters may apply if they have relevant research experience. Applicants who are unsure if their qualifications meet the minimum criteria should contact c.a.murray-at-hw.ac.uk. Please note that possession of the minimum qualifications does not guarantee to shortlist for interview.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate having research experience including the application of research protocols, participant recruitment and retention (preferably with adults or older adults), study administration (scheduling appointments, dealing with correspondence, managing data packs and data entry, etc.), knowledge of and experience of using statistical analyses, and the use of cognitive/psychological assessments, though specific training will be given. There will be opportunities to further develop a range of research skills, including analysis and dissemination activities, throughout the study.

Nationality: Home/EU students are eligible to apply.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have previous degree.

Test Requirement: No

English Language Requirement: If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English we require evidence of language proficiency. For IELTS: the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

Method of Application:

Please submit your application via the online portal. Please state clearly on your application that you are applying for the PhD Studentship in Cognitive Intervention. In order that your application can be processed, please ensure that all the supporting documents listed below are submitted with your application:

  • Personal Statement (maximum 2 pages)
  • Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates
  • English Language Requirements
  • CV and References

Application Form

Scholarship Application Deadline: August 1, 2017.

For more info, visit Scholarship Link