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School of Health in Social Science


  School of Health in Social Science


About the Programme

About the Programme

Why take a PhD in the School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh? 

Doctorate-level study is an opportunity to expand upon your interests and expertise, to make an original contribution to knowledge and to develop research-related and transferable skills.

The School of Health in Social Science is a small and friendly School, with a vibrant research environment. Our commitment to meaningful research is supported by three distinct subject areas of Clinical Psychology, Nursing Studies and Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Science.

Home to a number of established research centres and networks, the School affords you the opportunity to join a thriving community and to collaborate with experts in the School and beyond.  

Our PhD student community is active in supporting each other through the opportunities and challenges of PhD life. Previous initiatives have included writing retreats, a mentoring scheme and an annual PGR conference. Across the University, you'll find a range of resources to help you develop your doctorate-level and transferable skills.

For applicants who are unable to commit to living in Edinburgh, PhD by distance programmes are available.

What can I study?

We currently offer 4 PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) programmes:

1.   Clinical Psychology

2.   Counselling Studies

3.   Health in Social Science

4.   Nursing Studies

Your PhD at a glance  

  • You'll be expected to complete an original body of work culminating in a thesis 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 will be supervised by at least two members of academic staff with expertise in your area of research. Please check the School website for pre-application guidance.
  • You'll typically 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?

You apply for your programme through the University of Edinburgh's online Degree Finder and its associated application service, EUCLID.

Some PhD programmes publish pre-application guidance; please check our School website for details.

Please note that we operate a gathered field approach to applications. We strongly advise that you appraise yourself of upcoming deadlines advertised by each subject area.

How much will it cost and are there any scholarships?

Fees are determined by your nationality and the country where you are ‘ordinarily resident'.

Find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities of relevance for PGR Research in the School of Health in Social Science. Many scholarships have early deadlines so, to increase your chances of being eligible for a range of awards, you are strongly encouraged to apply for your PhD by the first deadline of Monday 22nd November, 11:59pm GMT.

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.
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