Postgraduate Student Research

We offer exciting opportunities and high-quality training to carry out research on key social policy issues. Our staff encourage potential PhD candidates in the following areas of research:

  • Social inequalities
  • Crime and justice
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Migration
  • Disability
  • Racism and nationalism
  • Gender
  • Environment
  • Human rights
  • Citizenship

We provide high-quality training and research supervision for postgraduate students in all areas of staff expertise through the College of Social Sciences Graduate School and dedicated training courses to prepare students for doctoral study.

We are part of the Scottish Graduate School for Social Sciences (SGSSS), the largest Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in the UK, with competitive PhD studentships offered through the following pathways:

  • Social Policy
  • Criminology and Sociolegal Studies
  • Health, families, relationships and demographic change
  • Sociology


Visit the College of Social Sciences webpages for information on available opportunities and how to apply.