How to apply

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate research qualifications

Supervisor search

We currently offer a wide range of research opportunities allowing you to undertake in-depth study in a specific area. Further information is available via Research Opportunites A-Z.

Before making your application consult our school webpages for information about potential supervisors. You can use the research search tool to identify supervisors who share your research interests or you may wish to search for research staff by school:

Application submission deadlines

Research programmes and training courses begin in September each year.  Application submission deadlines for 2019 entry are:

  • Applicants from the UK/EU - Friday 23 August 2019
  • Applicants from outside of the EU - Friday 07 June 2019

If you wish to be considered for admission in January please clearly state this in your application. For more information on research expertise, funding and general enquiries about studying here please contact the Graduate School.

Fees and funding

Supporting documents

An online application, complete with all supporting documents, is required before an offer for a place on a PhD programme can be considered. Please include the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • Two letters of reference: At least one reference must be academic and the other can be academic or professional. Your references should be on official headed paper and signed by the referee. Please see further guidance for submitting references.
  • Transcripts and certificates: Final or current degree transcript (and an official translation, if required) - scanned copy in colour of the original document. 
  • English Language Certificate: Applicants whose first language is not English are required to include evidence of their English Language ability. College of Social Sciences English language requirements for PhD should be a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with no sub test less than 6.5 or equivalent. You may also find further English for Academic Study information helpful. 

Online applications

Please submit applications via the University of Glasgow Online Application System - How to apply for a research degree

Applications for taught postgraduate qualifications

Applications and programme information

Further information

Visiting researcher applications

Research area

We welcome applications from PhD students registered at other Universities who wish to spend time studying at the University of Glasgow with an academic member of staff who has interests in your research area.

To apply please contact the member of staff you would like to work with enclosing your CV and details of your research plans. You can use the research search tool to look for key words to find supervisors who share your research interests.

If you receive informal support you will be asked to submit an application to the University to be accepted as a visiting researcher.


Tuition fees are applicable pro rata for the period you will spend at the University of Glasgow.

Visiting Research Policy and application

Please read our Visiting Researcher Policy for application instructions and submit your completed Visiting Postgraduate Researcher Application form to the Graduate Shool for approval.