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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


PhD in South Asian Studies

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The application deadline for this programme is 6 July 2020.

PHd in South Asian Studies (Research) Programme Handbook 2018-19

We warmly invite candidates to apply for a PhD degree in South Asian Studies.

PhD research in South Asian Studies at Edinburgh is managed from within the Graduate School of Social & Political Science (SSPS), which brings together Sociology, Politics, Social Anthropology, Social Policy and Social Work. For research in South Asian Studies, PhD and MSc supervisors can also be found in other subject areas, especially History, Religious Studies, and Geography although the principal supervisor should be based in the School of Social and Political Science.

The Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) at the University of Edinburgh is one of the UKs leading centres of excellence, which was ranked amongst the top 3 by the Complete University Guide for 2016 and is the largest such Centre outside London. For the social sciences, it offers a wider range of expertise than anywhere else in the UK and is a leader within Europe.

We are deeply committed to our students at all levels, and to investigating the social world of South Asia cross-culturally as well as within Scotland and the UK generally. Our School hosts a large, vibrant, intellectually stimulating and international community of postgraduate students from the UK, Europe, the Nordic countries, North America, Asia and Africa. Our PhD researchersattached to the Centre work on a broad range of theoretical, methodological and substantive topics. 

Undertaken full-time over three years, or part-time over six years, the PhD in South Asian Studies is a research degree in which graduate students explore in depth a piece of theoretical, and/or methodological, and/or substantive, research on a topic of their choice.

You should identify and contact potential supervisors on the basis of their fit and expertise with your proposed research to advise you wish to study with them and that you are applying for scholarships. Securing agreement in principle of their supervision strengthens your application.

If you wish any further advice on this or other academic matters, please contact the postgraduate advisor:

Dr. Hugo Gorringe - 

We look forward to seeing you in Edinburgh!! 

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