Cambridge ESRC DTP Interdisciplinary Studentship 2022: Mathematics Anxiety in Black Caribbean and white working class students

Department of Psychology

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 15th Nov 2021
  • Funding amount: An ESRC DTP studentship will cover Home rate fees and provide £15,609 p.a. in living costs (current rates).
  • Funding for: EU Students, International Students, UK Students
  • REF: PJ29026
  • Closes: 02nd December 2021
  • Hours: Full Time

The University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership [DTP] is pleased to offer an interdisciplinary studentship available for admission in October 2022.

The studentship will be a three-year doctoral programme and will be co-supervised by Dr Denes Szucs (Psychology) and Dr Ros McLellan (Education).

DTP students will acquire a unique set of skills that will equip them for high-profile careers as leading social scientists, in academia or in other government, industrial, commercial and third sector organisations, either in the UK or elsewhere.

Project description

Maths anxiety (MA) is an academic anxiety about learning and doing mathematics. MA correlates negatively with maths performance in large samples and at the country level. MA is stronger in female than in male students and many mathematically well performing students also have high MA. MA may play key role in blocking educational progress towards mathematics-heavy career choices in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.The successful candidate would investigate MA in Black Caribbean and white working-class secondary school students. Currently we know strikingly little about MA in these population groups which are the least likely to pursue higher level STEM studies.The successful candidate would test 400 students with questionnaires, computerized tests and a subsample of 80 students would also be interviewed about mathematical learning experiences. Results will inform theory and will contribute to providing educational and mental health intervention recommendations for schools.

Cambridge ESRC DTP studentships are open to all students who meet the required academic conditions.

An ESRC DTP studentship will cover Home rate fees and provide £15,609 p.a. in living costs (current rates). DTP students also receive a personal allowance for additional training costs, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic partner organisations.

What to do next

You can find out more about the Cambridge ESRC DTP at: and read about some of the opportunities that will be available to you.

You can find out more about the Department of Psychology at and the Faculty of Education at . Please address any questions about this studentship to Dr Denes Szucs at

To apply

Complete your application online using the Applicant Portal by 2 December 2021. The course code is BLPC22 (PhD in Psychology).

With your application you will be required to submit (i) a draft research proposal outlining your suitability, why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, your background and research interests, familiarity with the populations targeted by this research. (ii) your CV stating your citizenship and years of residence in the UK (iii) copies of your academic transcripts (iv) details of two academic referees.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Please inform Mrs Dawn Ellis ( when you have made an application, please add ‘ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship’ to the subject line of your email.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview within two weeks from the application deadline.

Please quote reference PJ29026 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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