Current Opportunities

Undergraduate summer studentships, deadline April 21st, 2017

The School of Psychology is delighted to invite applications for our undergraduate summer studentships. There are 5 in total, two funded by the School (3rd years only), two Developing Scientist (DS) internships (3rd years only), and one Discovering Research internship (available to all) – the latter are funded by the Development Trust at the University of Aberdeen. 

The Developing Scientist details are here, and the same application process applies to our School internships. There is no application form, but students must submit:

  • A personal statement covering their interest in gaining research experience during the summer, and which of the School of Psychology's research themes (Cognition, Perception, Social Cognition) they are particularly interested in.
  • CV which should include their University grades achieved to date.
  • A reference from an academic member of staff of the University of Aberdeen. 

More details on the Discovering Research internship will follow soon.

For informal enquiries and to submit your applicaiton please contact Dr Margaret Jackson: 

Fully-funded PhD studentships, deadline January 23rd , 2017


About the studentships: These competitive studentships are fully funded for 3 years or “1+3” years (meaning if the successful applicant does not already have a master’s degree, they would be awarded 1 year of funding for the MRes programme, followed by 3 years of PhD funding). Studentships will commence in October 2017, and will cover tuition fees (at UK/EU level) as well as a maintenance grant. In 2016-17 the maintenance grant for full-time students was £14,296 per annum. Students also receive a computer and office space, and access to research training courses offered by the School of Psychology and the University of Aberdeen. 

Requirements: Candidates must hold (or be expected to obtain) an Upper Second Class honours degree in Psychology or cognate discipline as a minimum requirement. Additional research experience would be an advantage. 

How to apply: Students apply through the University of Aberdeen applicant portal: in the application is a project proposal. This proposal should be developed together with the proposed supervisor. Your proposed supervisor will be able to provide you with details about the required format for this proposal. Students will also need to provide two references and a CV. The deadline is January 23rd, 2017.  Please address any queries to Dr Amelia Hunt:


Research assistants wanted

The Active Vision Lab is looking for voluntary research assistants to get involved in ongoing research projects in the lab. As a lab we are interested in how humans coordinate complex everyday behaviour. A key component of human behaviour is getting visual information form the world around us: getting the eyes to the right place at the right time to gather the information we need to complete our goals. We use a variety of experimental approaches and tasks, ranging from controlled laboratory-based paradigms to studying vision ‘in the wild’ as people carry out everyday activities.

We are currently looking for voluntary research assistants to work on ongoing projects in the following areas:

Surveillance and multiplex viewing: we are increasingly exposed to displays that contain more than one scene, in films, news broadcasts and in some professions such as CCTV surveillance. Trying to monitor and understand multiple scenes at the same time is a huge challenge for the visual system and we are yet to understand how people manage this.

Reading comics: Words and images are frequently used together to communicate information to the viewer, in signs, instruction manuals, adverts and comics. We are exploring this issue and testing theories and assumptions from comics creators to better understand how people view and understand words and images together.

Natural behaviour: How do humans organise and monitor complex real world behaviour? We consider not only how people use their eyes to coordinate their actions but also how the actions that people make (or intend to make) influence their perception and memory of the world around them.

What you will do: We are looking for people to be primarily involved in running experiments and analysing data. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in writing up any papers that come from the work you have contributed to and to be involved in planning and carrying out follow-up experiments if you want to.

What we offer: As part of this, we will offer a series of mini training workshops that cover all aspects of the research process, from planning an experiment to writing it up. Whatever project you are involved in, we will give you the chance to learn about all of the equipment and experimental approaches we use in the lab. By the end of the semester you will have been shown how to use our laboratory-based (EyeLink 1000) eye tracker and our mobile (Positive Sciences) eye tracker and how to extract and analyse the data you collect with them. These will be useful skills to add to your CV and will help you decide whether research is something you might want to pursue in the future.

Duration and commitment: We are looking for assistants to join the lab for the duration of the semester, with an option to continue for longer if you want. How much time you commit is up to you and depends on your workload but we would expect a commitment of at least 3-4 hours per week during semester time.

For more information to apply for a position please contact Professor Ben Tatler ( You can also find out more about what we are doing at  

Postgraduate Opportunities

The School of Psychology offers a number of avenues for postgraduate study leading to higher degrees in Psychology. The main aims of the research and taught programs are to provide more in-depth knowledge of psychological phenomena, experimental design, advance data analysis and systematic approach in all aspects of research.

The programs are augmented with a large battery of courses and training programs that cover essential transferable skills, applicable to industrial, health and academic activities.

Please also see a sample of potential research topics organised by research themes. Postgraduates interested in pursuing any of these topics should contact the specific faculty member for further details about the research topic or regarding other research that the member is currently conducting.