Director of Postgraduate Research

Welcome to the School of Education. We are a thriving community of postgraduate research students, from both the United Kingdom and overseas. The University of Glasgow’s vision is to be a world class, world changing university.  As Director of Post-Graduate Research I look forward to working with you during your time here as we seek to achieve this vision.


Dr Margaret Sutherland


If you are studying for a PhD with us, you will all be supervised by two academics or, sometimes, by a group of academics from one of our four Research and Teaching Groups and you will have a ‘home’ in one of these groups or centres.  Each of these groups has its own Postgraduate Research Convener who ensures the wellbeing of students, convenes progress reviews, organises research seminars and, generally, is a key contact for you throughout your studies.  I, too, am privileged to work with you all in Advanced Research Methods classes, in PhD Student Forums, online in your Moodle support site and in seminars and social events which, I hope, will be as enjoyable as they are supportive.  You will find staff and fellow students a welcoming and friendly group who will do their very best to enable you to thrive during your studies with us. 

As the fourth oldest university in the UK, the University of Glasgow has honourable and rich traditions while it looks to the future. Our University Vision – to be a ‘world-class, world-changing university’ is supported by our Mission: ‘To bring inspiring people together and create a world-class environment for learning and research, empowering staff and students to discover and share knowledge that can change the world’.  I hope you will join us or that, already, you are working with us to ‘discover and share knowledge that can change the world’.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements are normally a first or upper second degree or equivalent.

A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required for students whose first language is not English.


Applications should be made to the College of Social Sciences' Graduate School

The college also has all the information you need on funding opportunities.

Doctorate in Education

In addition to the traditional research programmes of PhD, MLitt and MSc Research, we offer a  Doctorate in Education (EdD) for those who wish to engage with professionally located issues at an advanced level. Comparable in standing with the PhD, the EdD provides a programme of advanced study that is both professionally relevant and academically rigorous. The programme is offered in a distance e-learning mode designed to afford high levels of interaction in a supportive community.