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What will I learn?


This multi-site PhD provides the opportunity to deepen your expertise in psychology, whilst exploring the emerging field of social neuroscience.

You’ll investigate a range of topics in cognitive, social and affective neuroscience. You will be working alongside leading researchers from City, University London and Sapienza Universita di Roma.

You’ll benefit from access to research expertise and facilities in both institutions, which have been paired due to the complementary nature of their resources.

Working with healthy subjects - and subclinical, clinical and neuropsychological patients - you’ll study topics such as: embodied cognition and the neural correlates of cognitive, social and affective functions like empathy, intention, action and emotion understanding.

On completing the PhD, you will receive a degree from both, laying the foundation for a collaborative international academic career.


The Joint PhD in programme in Psychology and Social Neuroscience is designed to develop your skills as an independent scholar. The PhD programme is structured as follows:

Year 1

In year one students are assigned a tutor, who will supervise their work, supporting the student’s growth throughout. A research topic will be chosen in accordance with the training program.

Research topic and technique are chosen by considering student's interests, resources and lab's priorities at City and Sapienza.

Year 2

In year two students will finalise their literature review, develop an outline of the overall shape of their thesis and carry out the bulk of their empirical and analytic work.

Year 3

In year three students will conclude their empirical work and focus on writing up their thesis. They will also seek to disseminate their work in the form of peer-reviewed publications and/or conference presentations and identify opportunities for the next stage of their career.

Which department am I in?

Department of Psychology

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£12,000.00 (12,20,753) per year
Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected August 2022

Start date

30 September 2021


City, University of London

Northampton Square,

City of London,

EC1V 0HB, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants should demonstrate the following: a track record of high academic achievement, demonstrated by a good undergraduate degree with at least a second class (upper division) pass or equivalent; good research methodological skills as demonstrated through relevant research experience and/or a good Masters level degree with at least a pass with merit (or equivalent).; excellent communication skills, both written and oral (see also the section on English language Requirements); excellent planning and time-management skills. An overall score of 6.5 in the English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum of 6.0 for each subtest. TOEFL iBT: 72 overall with no less than 17 in Writing and Listening, 18 in Reading and 20 in Speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About City

City, University of London is located in the heart of the UK’s capital and has a 126-year history of quality education.

  • 20,000 students from over 160 countries
  • Ranked 3rd in London for student satisfaction
  • Range of study options and degrees
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