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PhD programmes

Psychology Research Institute

PhD programme

All research groups at the Psychology Research Institute welcome PhD students. On this page you'll find a brief description of the PhD research per research group, current vacancies and general information about obtaining a PhD at the University of Amsterdam.

Psychology Research Institute PhD programmes

The Psychology Research Institute comprises five research groups. All groups are open to PhD students. Below you'll find a brief introduction to each of the PhD tracks and contact information. Click here for further information about the benefits of obtaining a PhD at the University of Amsterdam.

  • Clinical Psychology

    PhD students in Clinical Psychology are always supervised by at least two staff members (promotor and co-promotor) and participate in the teaching programme of the School of Experimental Psychopathology (EPP).

    Individual studies of PhD students are generally discussed in small group settings. In these meetings, not only their own studies are discussed, but also major articles in the field. Further, PhD students are encouraged to present their work on international conferences.

    Should you have any questions about pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology, please click on the link below.

  • Psychological Methods

    Many topics are initiated by PhD students, who fulfill an important role in our research culture. Fortunately, in the last years the number of PhD students increased due to NWO funding. Generally, PhD students are supervised by at least two staff members.

    Each month plenary talks are held. The objective of the internal collaboration is to increase the quality and productivity of the group and to improve the unity of the research. Finally, PhD students participate in activities organised by the Interuniversity Graduate School of Psychometrics and Sociometrics (IOPS), the institute for the advanced dissertation training in psychometrics and sociometrics.

    Should you have any questions about pursuing a PhD in Psychological Methods, please click on the link below.

  • Developmental Psychology

    The vast majority of the research group consists of PhD students and other non-tenured researchers (around 75%) who are supported mostly by NWO and KNAW. This creates an informal research atmosphere with ample opportunity for horizontal and bottom-up communication. The interaction between PhD students and postdocs is encouraged actively which results in considerable cross-fertilization between the two themes of the program.

    Although PhD students are recruited on the basis of a research project submitted to NWO or one of the research schools (IOPS or EPOS), students are encouraged actively to make an independent contribution, especially during the final stages of the project. PhD students and their supervisors prepare a training program at the start of the PhD project, which includes taking courses offered by IOPS and/or EPOS. The progress made by PhD students and postdocs is monitored by their supervisor(s) and, for PhD students, progress reports are being evaluated yearly by the research schools.

    Should you have any questions about pursuing a PhD in Developmental Psychology, please click on the link below.

     

  • Social Psychology

    The Social Psychology research group has a relatively large group of PhD students, which generates a research-oriented atmosphere. Individual experiments are generally discussed in small group settings; these discussions focus on design and measurement issues.

    PhD’s are always supervised by at least two staff members and are encouraged to participate in the summer school of the European Association of Experimental Social Psychology (EAESP), and to present their work not only at international conferences but also in smaller scale, more informal, meetings such as those of ESCON (European Social Cognition Network) or CERE (Consortium of European Researchers on Emotions); and in incidental small group meetings sponsored by the EAESP (European Association of Experimental Social Psychology.

    Should you have any questions about pursuing a PhD in Social Psychology, please click on the link below.

Current Vacancies

Click on the link below to see our latest openings for a PhD position.

Admission

The University of Amsterdam's application and admission procedures apply to all PhD openings at the Psychology Research Institute. Please find all relevant information and guidelines about eligiblilty, documentation, application and admission in the link below.