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Find out more about joining the Social Evolution and Behaviour Lab

UCL is a wonderful vibrant institution in the heart of London. We are based in the Department of Experimental Psychology, which is home to over 30 internationally-recognised scholars working on a vast array of exciting and innovative projects. We also benefit from close links with the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, an interdisciplinary research institute with core strengths in brain and behaviour.


Our division offers a wide range of taught and research Masters programmes I am happy to supervise Masters students who want to work on questions pertaining to social evolution, though I do not take on more than 6 in any year. Successful students will demonstrate a good understanding of evolutionary logic – and often also come up with their own ideas for a project. Where possible, I strongly encourage students to publish their MSc thesis.


PhD students are very welcome to contact me with ideas for research, though funding cannot be guaranteed. Available studentships will be advertised via this page and via Twitter. UCL offers some funded scholarships for excellent students, from the UK or overseas. In addition, our department offers a small number of demonstratorships each year that provide a route into a PhD – see here for more details.

Current PhD Opportunities: We are part of the London ESRC-DTP, which offers ~40 funded studentships annually. If you believe you are competitive for a PhD position and would like to work with us, please get in touch.

For early-career postdocs, UCL offers Excellence Fellowships. Please contact me if you are interested in applying and would like to work in the Social Evolution and Behaviour Lab.


We typically do not have the capacity (desk space!) or funding to take on summer volunteers or interns, though we may make very occasional exceptions where for outstanding candidates, who have demonstrated a clear interest in evolutionary approaches to social behaviour and where the volunteer position will provide meaningful benefits to the student. If you think you fit the bill, please get in touch.