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PhD studentships in Behaviour Informatics and the multimodal study of behaviour

Value of award

Individual studentship covers full UK/EU fee and £14,777 stipend per annum (2018/19 rate) for four years.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

September 2018.

Application closing date

22 April 2018.


Newcastle University is offering five 4-year PhD studentships in the field of behaviour informatics.(total value of the project is £1.05 million)

Behaviour informatics brings together the study of behaviour in all its guises, from economics to psychology and from behavioural ecology to animal welfare, with new methods from computational science and engineering to address challenging questions in human and/or animal behaviour.

We want to attract students with backgrounds relevant to EITHER behaviour (life, social sciences and economics) OR informatics (computing science, engineering and mathematics) who are keen to expand their skills and pursue research at the intersection of these disciplines.

Students recruited in 2018 will form the first cohort of an integrated programme funded by the Leverhulme Trust to develop training in behavioural informatics at Newcastle. In the first year, all students will conduct three taster projects that will give them the opportunity to choose and develop their final PhD project. All students will work with two supervisors, one from each discipline. The four-year program is designed to allow time for the upskill training necessary for successful inter-disciplinary research.


The Leverhulme Trust

Name of supervisor(s)

Supervisors will be allocated in year 2 of study from a pool of over 30 top academics. One supervisor will have an informatics background, one will have a behaviour background.

Eligibility Criteria

Students should have a minimum 2.1 (or equivalent) in an undergraduate degree in either informatics or behaviour. This would include, but are not limited to: Animal or Human Behaviour Sciences, Computing, Economics, Engineering, Finance, Linguistics, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, and Zoology.

If your discipline is not listed please email for guidance. A Master’s degree and research experience, particularly cross –disciplinary research experience, are desirable.

Students from outside UK or EU are welcome to apply but would need to be able to cover overseas fees.

How to apply

Details of how to apply can be found at

You will need to complete an online form and identify two people to provide references for you using an online form through the link above (not through the Application Portal).


For further information, please email

Eligible Courses