Apply for a postgraduate research qualification

Find a supervisor

We currently offer a wide range of research opportunities allowing you to undertake in-depth study in a specific area.

You should identify a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply.

Check research oppoortunities for links to research search tools to identify supervisors who share your research interests or to search for research staff by School.

Application submission deadlines 

Session 2023-2024 Semester 1 PhD commencement 02 October 2023

  • UK applicants - 18 August 2023
  • International & EU applicants - 02 June 2023

Session 2023-2024 Semester 2 PhD commencement 03 January 2024

  • UK, International & EU applicants - 29 September 2023

Session 2024-2025 

  • Applications open from 01 October 2023 with submission deadline dates to be confirmed.

Fees and funding

Gather 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 including Pre-Sessional Courses helpful. 

Apply online

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