About the Programme
Why take a PhD in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh?
Doctorate-level study is an opportunity to expand upon your interests and expertise in a community that really values research and seeks to make an original contribution to learning.
As one of the largest and most diverse Schools in the University of Edinburgh, our research environment is the ideal place to challenge yourself and share your ideas with others.
There are many ways to collaborate with experts in the School and beyond, from regular research and work-in-progress seminars to conferences, workshops and online journals. We are home to a number of established research centres and networks.
Our PhD student community is highly active, running reading groups and other meet-ups to support each other through the opportunities and challenges of PhD life and, across the University, you'll find a range of resources to help you develop your doctorate-level skills.
What can I study?
We currently offer 18 PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) programmes:
- Celtic and Scottish Studies
- Comparative Literature
- Creative Writing
- English Literature
- European Theatre
- Film Studies
- Hispanic Studies
- Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
- Medieval Studies
- Scandinavian Studies
- Translation Studies
Your PhD at a glance
- You'll be expected to complete an original body of work culminating in a dissertation of around 75,000 words which you will defend in an oral examination.
- You'll study for a minimum of 36 months. If you wish to study part-time, you may take up to 72 months to complete your PhD.
- You'll be supervised by one or more members of staff with expertise in your research area. Please contact potential supervisors before applying.
- You'll be based at the heart of the University of Edinburgh, in the city's historic centre, close to the Main University Library and the National Library of Scotland. Our festival city is a treasure trove of cinemas, theatres, music venues, museums, galleries and collections.
How do I apply?
The first thing you need to do is find a supervisor to discuss your research proposal.
You then need to upload your proposal, and a range of supporting documentation, using the University of Edinburgh's online system.
How much will it cost and are there any scholarships?
Fees are determined by your nationality and the country where you are ‘ordinarily resident'.
There is a range of funding available, but please note that many scholarships have early deadlines so you're advised to start the application process as soon as possible.
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