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Postgraduate study – PhD


We welcome applications for PhD study, and indeed, all of our full-time staff are involved in supervising PhD students; between us, we have supervised a substantial number of students to successful completion.

In UK universities, PhD study is solely research-based: you will be expected to develop a proposal for a research project in conjunction with your future supervisor(s), and then, under supervision, work towards completing a thesis (and perhaps a practice-based element to a thesis) over the course of 3 years of full-time/6 years of part-time study. Whilst there are specific milestones that need to be achieved in the course of the programme of study, there are no obligatory intermediate examinations or courses. PhD students are welcome to attend relevant undergraduate or Masters classes by prior arrangement with the lecturers concerned.

If you come to study with us you will be joining an exciting and creative team of scholars – staff and other postgraduates – working in many different areas, meaning that there is considerable scope for developing interests in a variety of fields of study. We have good links to other departments in the university, and are keen to foster interdisciplinary study whenever possible.

To initiate the process of applying for a PhD:

  1. read the staff profiles to identify one or two potential supervisors; you can then contact them directly using the contact form on each page and thereby initiate a dialogue about your proposed topic;
  2. if you are unsure who might be the most appropriate member of staff to be in touch with, use the generic PhD enquiry form below to get in touch and we will direct your enquiry to the right person.

We are a part of the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland scheme in the Arts and Humanities and can therefore offer funding for PhDs – more details about this are available here.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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