PhD in Psychology - Schizophrenia

Updated: 10 months ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
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School of Arts and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology
Contract Duration
Fixed Term


We are searching for a PhD candidate to work on a project entitled “The neurodevelopmental model of early-onset schizophrenia: a longitudinal MRI and fMRI study” with Dr Danai Dima at City, University of London.

Early-onset schizophrenia (EOS) represents a more severe and rare variant of adult-onset schizophrenia, with onset before 18 years old. In recent year, the ‘neurodevelopmental’ model has been gaining support and posits that the illness is the end stage of abnormal neurodevelopmental processes that began years before. Identifying potentially predictive factors related to a more favourable outcome can positively impact on long-term outcome, especially in young patients. In order to test this we will be utilizing longitudinal (5 year interval) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and functional MRI (fMRI) already acquired from adolescents who were diagnosed with EOS.

City, University of London

City is in the top five per cent of universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and attracts around 19,500 students (35% at postgraduate level) from 150 countries. It is well above the sector average for graduate prospects in most of its subjects, is in the top ten in the UK for starting salaries and is the top university in London for student satisfaction. City joined the University of London federation in October 2016.

In the recent Research Excellence Framework, City made a greater improvement in research quality, per Funding Council research pound, than any other UK university. 40% of its total academic staff are producing research that is world-leading or internationally excellent.

The Department

The Psychology department is ranked 2nd in London and among the top 25% in the UK according to the Guardian University Guide 2016, and ranked top 200 in the world and top 30 in the UK by the QS World University Rankings. Students learn from and work with leading academics and skilled practitioners, and we have consistently high student satisfaction.

In REF2014 the Psychology department returned 28 FTE (over 30 individual members of staff) and 67% of our research was rated at the top 4* or 3* categories. Currently, the results of REF2014 show the Psychology Department are ranked 29 in the UK, according to the research power measure (which is based on both research quality and research volume).

More information on a PhD in Psychology at City can be found at

What is offered

A doctoral studentship will provide:

• An annual bursary (£16,000 in 2017/18).
• A full tuition fee for UK and EU students. Applications are welcome from overseas applicants but the applicant must make appropriate arrangements to cover the difference between the overseas and UK tuition fee.

For part of your bursary, you will be required to engage in teaching activities including preparation, marking and invigilation for up to 150 hours per academic year.

Starting date: Late September 2017

Person Specification

• Applicants must hold at least a 2.1 honours degree or merit level Masters degree in a relevant subject (or international equivalent)
• Applicants whose first language is not English must have achieved at least 6.5 in IELTS or a recognised equivalent.
• Applicants must not be currently registered as a doctoral student at City, University of London or any other academic institution.

Additionally applicants should be able to:

• Analyze and interpret imaging data with standard packages (e.g. SPM, FSL)
• Use computational softwares such as Matlab, R

How to apply

At the first instance please email Dr Danai Dima ( with your CV and personal statement how you fit with the project (max 1 page).

Successful applicants will then be invited to apply formally through City.

Applications will be accepted until midnight on 21st May 2017

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