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.

Find out more about PhD study in our recent webinar recording.

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. 

What our students said

Jennifer Ferguson
Jennifer Ferguson
PhD Sociology
Through studying at Stirling, I secured an internship at the Scottish government as a data analyst and spent a semester at the University of Florida as a researcher.
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Current PhD opportunities

Female student Bo Goldsmit

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.

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.

The Faculty have a new studentship examining relationships at end of life. This PhD studentship will examine the role of compassionate neighbours in supporting relationships in palliative care. More details including how to apply are available here. We are passionate about creating a workplace that promotes and values diversity. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity.”

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