Motivation letter sample for a PhD in Psychology

Thinking about enrolling in a PhD program in Psychology? Than this article is perfect for you. We will  provide you an motivation letter sample for a Phd in Psychology. You can easily adjust this letter to any doctoral program in the field of  psychology, psychological research and therapy. Good luck!

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to apply for the PhD program in the psychology department at Wien University.
I am particularly interested in the doctoral program in the psychology department as research portfolio of this department matches perfectly my academic background. While studying psychology on the undergraduate level I developed a particular interest in the neural structures which reinforce memory. As a matter of fact my Bachelor thesis was on the topic of semantic versus episodic memory activations in the prefrontal cortex, because I had such a strong interest for this area. After graduation I got myself enrolled to Master program in psychology where I have enhanced my enthusiasm and started to apply innovative experimental approaches to the study of memory.

Therefore I now wish to continue my academic career with a PhD in psychology, and I cannot imagine a better place to study this than the psychology department at the Wien University. With the department’s expertise in both memory processing and in research methodologies like fMRI, it would be the ideal location for my project on neural correlates of episodic memory. As I saw on the website of the department there are several world class experts working, so I would highly appreciate the opportunity to work with the world-leading expert in the use of fMRI techniques in the investigation of episodic memory.

I strongly believe that this research has the potential to contribute to the scientific understanding of memory processes, but even more, it may impact wider society and healthcare sector as well. With an ageing world population and increasing number of persons suffering from memory problems such as dementia, understanding the neural basis for memory processing will allow the development of better pharmaceutical and therapeutic methods for the management of these disorders.

In the enclosure of this letter I am sending you research proposal. Having in mind my strong motivation and academic background I am confident that I can complete the research project. As you may note in my resume I already have experience in fMRI and I have used experimental techniques for the assessment of memory, and in running a research project. As especially relevant I would like to point out that I have experience in conducting academic research, which I gained during preparation of my master thesis. I have designed the experimental methodology, recruited participants, assisted with the data analysis, and contributed theoretical knowledge to the write-up. I believe that these skills and experience will allow me to complete this PhD project effectively.

After graduating from this PhD program, I plan to pursue a post-doctoral placement in the area of academic psychology, most likely in the expertise of episodic memory processing. Driven by a lifelong interest in human psychology, I am keen to continue my education in this subject and to perform my own research which can contribute to the knowledge of the field.

I would like to thank you for consideration of my application. I am looking forward to receive your call for an interview in order to take part in the next stages of selection process.