Apply for a PhD within our Faculty

Research programmes and opportunities within the Faculty can be accessed here. If you are interested in applying for one of our research programmes our PhD application guide will hopefully be useful to you.

For further information about applying to do a PhD at the University of Stirling, please click here.

Research Supervision

Before you can apply, you must first find a supervisor. The University's 'Find a Supervisor' tool can be used for this purpose but if you are unsure of who to approach as a supervisor, you could contact one of our postgraduate research tutors (who are linked to our research groups), including a copy of your proposal, and they will suggest who may be appropriate for your project:


The University of Stirling provides a full range of high-quality doctoral training and the Faculty of Social Sciences is a member of the Scottish Doctoral Training Centre (DTC). The DTC offers studentships for UK students and will pay fees for students from the EU. 

The 1+3 Route (full-time)

If you have no masters or the equivalent in research-based work experience, then the 1+3 option is a route we would recommend. This involves undertaking a Master’s degree by Research (full-time or part-time) and on successful completion progressing onto the PhD.  

All students on the 1+3 route are initially registered for a MRes. However, if required by your funders, you will be able to obtain a letter at the start of your studies, stating that you will progress to the PhD if you successfully complete the Masters. 

General Information

If you would like any more general information about entry criteria/fees and funding and the like you can find this here.



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