Research course

Interdisciplinary Studies

University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

All Postgraduate Research applicants should normally possess one or more of the following:

  • First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree or equivalent qualification (2:1 in the case of UK Research Council supported students).
  • In some cases a Masters qualification or equivalent is required

Required documentation

Applicants should submit:
  • Transcripts/degree certificate
  • Two references
  • A one-page research proposal
  • CV
  • Name of potential Supervisor

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Months of entry


Course content

At the University of Glasgow’s rural campus in Dumfries we provide a friendly and focused learning environment with a high level of access to research supervision, and excellent study resources.

We are based in the University town of Dumfries, and are a School within the University of Glasgow’s College of Social Sciences. We have a dynamic community of research staff and students working across diverse areas of expertise including Education, Environment, Health, Humanities, Tourism, Culture and Technology.

We welcome applications from students who wish to undertake innovative research projects both within disciplinary boundaries and which transcend them though interdisciplinary engagement.

Find out more about the strengths and expertise of our staff by browsing our list of supervisors.

You can also see the postgraduate research projects currently being undertaken in the School by consulting our list of current research students.

The Dumfries Campus is home to two of the University of Glasgow’s research centres, the Crichton Instituteand the Solway Centre for Environment and Culture..

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate research scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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