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PhD Programmes

Our PhD degrees are based on a minimum of three years' full-time study and independent research. In the first year, you will combine research training, which follows the requirements of our MSc by Research degrees, with preliminary work on your thesis topic. As a PhD student, you will be allocated two supervisors, one of which will be from your subject area. At the end of your study, you will submit a thesis based on original research, which is examined by two specially appointed examiners.

PhD degrees can be taken on a part-time basis with a minimum of six years' study. Part-time students have access to the same facilities as full-time students.

The Mass Publicity of Guru-ship PhD Scholarship

The Mass Publicity of Guru-ship PhD Scholarship is a Leverhulme funded studentship which will examine the diverse uses of social/visual media by gurus in India. The closing date for applications is Monday 31st December 2018. Find out more about The Mass Publicity of Guru-ship.

Sustainable Nitrogen Policy-making in South Asia PhD Studentship

The Sustainable Nitrogen Policy-making in South Asia PhD Studentship is a UKRI GCRF Global Research Hub and School of Social & Political Science co-funded studentship which will undertake stakeholder analysis, to help explain enabling contingencies for policy shifts and analyse N-relevant policymaking across South Asia. The closing date for applications is Thursday 31st January 2019. Find out more about Sustainable Nitrogen Policy-making in South Asia .

Alice Brown Scholarships 

The Alice Brown Scholarship  is a 6-year part-time PhD scholarship based within the School of Social and Political Science here at The University of Edinburgh, offering a programme of advanced study, ongoing research, professional training and development. The clsoing date for applications is Tuesday 5th February 2019. Find out more about Alice Brown Scholarships.

Funding Opportunities

For funding information, including University awards and ESRC funding pathway details, please see our Scholarships information, as well as the 'funding' pages within the relevant programme micro-sites.

PhD Programmes