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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


PhD Students

Introduction and Regulations

Handbook for PhD students in the School of Social and Political Science, individual Programme Handbooks and links to University of Edinburgh regulations.

Where can I get help?

How to get in touch with a range of services.


A guide to supervision within SPS, including a link to the Code of Practice for Research Students and Supervisors.

Research Training

Information on Research Training with SPS, including Research Training Courses and Research Training Workshops, and  the Training Needs Assessment form which must be completed at the beginning of your first year.

Choosing Courses

Guidance on choosing, changing or auditing courses.

Annual Progression Reviews

The progress of postgraduate research students must be reviewed for each year of the programme. This section also contains information on the end of first year review and confirmation of PhD registration.


Information on when your work will be submitted to the plagiarism checking system throughout your degree programme.

Doctoral Seminars

Information on your Subject Area's seminar series.

Student Engagement and Monitoring

A guide to this essential element and the process of ensuring engagement points are recorded in your EUCLID record.


Information on how and when to apply for an extension or interruption of study.

Leave of Absence and Vacation

The requirements and process on when you must notify of your absence.

Research Ethics

Information on the ethical review process.


Many of you will conduct fieldwork away from Edinburgh during the course of your PhD, this section contains practical considerations and requirements that you need to undertake in relation to your fieldwork.

Thesis Submission, Examination, and Graduation

This section contains guidance intended for PhD students who are coming to the end of their research and are ready to be examined. It outlines the main stages of the process and the administrative steps that you need to take.


Information on funds that you may be eligible to apply for:

Facilities and Resources

As a postgraduate in the SPS you will have access to a variety of School, College and University facilities as well as many within the city of Edinburgh.

Part-time Teaching

Information on part-time teaching opportunities within SPS.

PhD Student Profiles

We have a large and diverse body of PhD students. Profiles for some of them are listed here. You can request profile here.

Student Representation

Information on the roles and responsibilities of postgraduate student representatives and how they represent your voice within SPS.


Information on graduation ceremonies for SPS students.

PhD Students