Research course


University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

For admission to postgraduate study, applicants are usually expected to hold (or to be in the process of completing) an undergraduate degree with good grades. equivalent to an honours degree at upper second class (2.1) level from a UK university, usually in a discipline related to the proposed area of study.

Months of entry


Course content

A very wide range of research activity involves a considerable diversity of perspectives, but the integration of theoretical and empirical issues and historically based research is a distinctive feature. Applications are particularly welcome from students wishing to specialise in: social theory, the sociology of art, culture and knowledge, medical sociology and health services, urban and rural society, family and intimate relations, youth, gender, inequality and social stratification, work and organisations, Scottish society and politics, political sociology, nationalism, race relations, development and South Asian studies, risk and environment, financial markets, science and technology studies.

Department specialisms

Urban and Rural Sociology; Family and Intimate Relations; Youth; Gender; Inequality and Stratification; Work and Organisations; Scottish Society and Politics; Political Sociology; Race Relations

Fees and funding

ESRC studentships, some university.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Social and Political Studies
+44 (0) 131 651 3244