Postgraduate Research by Subject Area
 • Central & East European Studies
 • Economic & Social History
 • Politics
 • Sociology
 • Urban Studies

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.

Structured masters courses link to specific vocational areas such as urban planning and real estate, and dedicated training courses to prepare students for doctoral study.

There is a wide range of options for independent research in the School of Social and Political Sciences.

Scholarships, Studentships, DTC Pathways and other opportunities


To find out more about potential supervisors in the School, visit our Staff listings.

How to apply

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Professor Andy Furlong PhD Scholarship

The College of Social Sciences is offering a PhD scholarship to honour the work of Professor Andy Furlong. The Professor Andy Furlong scholarship will comprise a 100% tuition fee waiver and stipend at the full RCUK rate for three years, and will be awarded in a field of research related to and reflecting the many and path-breaking contributions made by Professor Furlong to understanding the impact of social inequalities, with a particular focus on young people and labour markets. The College welcomes applications that seek to address this broad field, and that come from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Proposals should be submitted by academic members of staff at the University of Glasgow, but there are no geographical restrictions on the nationality or domicile of the scholarship holder, so prospective students who wish to apply for this scholarship should, in the first instance, make contact with academics at Glasgow.

Applicants should complete the Professor Andy Furlong Scholarship Project Proposal Application form, attach CVs of both the primary supervisor and the prospective student, and submit to the College Graduate School by 10 June 2018.


GCRF Centre for Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities and Neighbourhoods (SHLC) PhD Scholarships 

One of our research centres, SHLC, is offering scholarships for three PhD students. SHLC is one of the 37 major projects funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which aims to build upon research knowledge and strengthen capacity to help address challenges in the developing countries.

Candidates are required to provide an outline proposal of no more than 1000 words. The centre is particularly interested in proposals which cover the following topics:

  • The development and operationalisation of indicators/classification/measures of spatial differentiation (including its temporal evolution) of neighbourhoods within SHLC case study cities, and the implications of spatial differentiation for access to public services;
  • The development and operationalisation of indicators/classification/measures for lifelong learning in cities and neighbourhoods in the global south, including links to a range of life wide literacies;
  • Qualitative/ethnographic studies of neighbourhoods in SHLC case study cities paying particular attention to the interaction between urban, health and education challenges
  • Investigations of the impact of informality on social sustainability in neighbourhoods within SHLC case study cities, paying particular attention to the interaction between urban, health and education challenges
  • Understanding the spatial effect and relationship between neighbourhood-level and city-level influences on residents’ health, paying particular attention to variations by health outcome, person and/or SHLC case study city/country.

Further details and information on how to apply can be found on the College website. 

Become a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) 

As a doctoral student you may have the opportunity to become a paid Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). This is a great opportunity for students to enhance and develop their skills set.