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Postgraduate research

Join our dynamic and research-led Faculty of Social Sciences to address key challenges in society. We offer a diverse range of PhDs, research training Masters degrees (MRes) and doctorates.

Our multidisciplinary research community encourages innovation and gives you the support you need to explore your interests. We help to develop your research skills and provide a collaborative research environment, so you can make a difference to wider society.

The Faculty of Social Sciences has been a really supportive place to begin my doctoral research.
Judy Warburton
PhD from the Faculty of Social Sciences
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A world-leading research environment

You’ll discover a Faculty with a world-leading research environment. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 100% of our research submissions were judged as world leading or internationally excellent in terms of the quality of the research environment and their impact. Join us to make an impact with your research.  

Supporting you in your studies

Through our research courses we’re well placed to support you if you want to make a difference in the world. 

Your academic supervisors and tutor

We’ll ensure that you’re teamed with two academic supervisors who cover your research specialism and can offer expertise.

To find potential supervisors, take a look at our Find a Supervisor tool. For further information about applying for a PhD or Doctorate in the Faculty, read our guidance on Postgraduate research routes and opportunities

In addition, you’ll be allocated a Postgraduate Research Tutor, to help with research engagement and developing your links with research groups. Our postgraduate research tutors for 2017/18 are:

  • Dr Sarah Wilson (Child Well-being and Protection)
  • Dr Greg Mannion (Educational Practice/Theory)
  • Dr Niall Hamilton-Smith (Crime and Justice)
  • Dr Louise McCabe (Dementia and Ageing)
  • Dr Vikki McCall (Public Services and Governance)
  • Professor Paul Lambert (Social Surveys and Social Statistics)

You’ll also have a peer mentor, who’ll be a postgraduate research student in their second or third year. Find out more about the support you’ll receive and how to apply for a research degree.

Developing your skills

We offer you a wide range of opportunities to organise and attend seminars, workshops, reading and study groups. You can get involved with our weekly seminars and present your emerging work to peers and staff in an informal and friendly environment. This gives you the ideal space to prepare for conferences, obtain feedback and advice, and develop your presentation skills.

We also have annual events including our Postgraduate Training Week, Postgraduate Symposium and Doctoral conference. The Scottish Graduate School of Social Sciences also delivers advanced training and summer school programmes.


We’re a member of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The DTP offers studentships for UK students and will pay fees for students from the EU.

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