Research course

Social and Political Science

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, and a UK masters degree with an overall mark of 65%, or its international equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The main content of this PhD programme is an independent doctoral research under the supervision of at least two members of academic staff form the in Social and Political Science subject area.

Our expertise and interests range across the following subject areas:
  • African Studies
  • Global Health Policy
  • International Development
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Social and Public Policy
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Socio-cultural Studies
  • South Asian Studies

Your application must clearly state the potential supervisor you have contacted.

Graduate attributes
On completion of your PhD in Social and Political Science you will have:
  • A critical understanding of theories and concepts in the social and political sciences.
  • A critical, detailed and often leading knowledge and understanding of literature at the forefront of the specialist research area.
  • Designing and generation of original research that makes a significant contribution to knowledge in the field.
  • Knowledge of the principal research methods in the social sciences.
  • Application of relevant research methods and techniques of enquiry on a specific research question.
  • Exercise of critical judgement with regard to both your own work and that of other scholars in the same general field.
  • Application of an integrated approach to critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas, information and issues.
  • Communication to a range of audiences including communication to a specialist audience through published academic work.
  • Demonstration of substantial authority and exercise of a high level of autonomy and initiative in academic and equivalent activities.
  • If appropriate, practising in ways which are reflective, self-critical and based on research/evidence.
  • Management of complex ethical and professional issues.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)131 651 1560/3064