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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.

Alice Brown Scholarships 

The Alice Brown Scholarship  is a new 6-year 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. Find out more.

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.