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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


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.

SGSSS Studentship - eating habits in children

The Critical Transitions & Children’s Food Trajectories - understanding how eating habits change from infancy to the teenage years and the role of key changes in children’s lives studentship is funded by the ESRC through the Scottish Graduate School of the Social Sciences (SGSSS). The research project proposes to explore how the dietary habits and eating patterns of children in the UK develop from infancy to early childhood, adolescence and teenage years, and how food trajectories may change or evolve in light of key turning points and critical transitions in children’s lives. The studentship will be based in the Social Policy subject area within the School of Social and Political Sciences under the supervision of Dr Valeria Skafida (Social Policy) and Dr Isabelle Darmon (Sociology).  

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. Applications for 2019 entry are now closed. 

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

Help shape the future of postgraduate programmes at Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Futures Institute is seeking feedback to help develop its portfolio of highly flexible, interdisciplinary, data focused and project-led taught postgraduate programmes.

We invite you to share your thoughts on a set of proposed programmes to help make them as exciting and relevant as possible. Each survey takes around 10 minutes to complete and your responses will remain strictly confidential. Click here for more information.