Doctoral study

Advice and information if you are considering applying for a PhD or other doctoral study on completion of your Masters.

If you are considering doctoral study, early action is essential, as many deadlines are early in the calendar year.

Why do a PhD?

Advice on why you may consider doing a PhD is available from the University Careers Service:

Moving onto a PhD

Visit the Vitae website (you may need to register on their website to access their materials) for an introduction to different types of doctoral studies, information on career opportunities available after doctoral study and links to individual PhD career stories.

Vitae – Why do postgraduate research?

Vitae – Doctoral graduate career stories

Research degrees at Edinburgh

An overview of doctoral study at Edinburgh is available from the University Postgraduate Office 'Guide to our degrees'.

Discussing your ideas

If you are interested in completing a PhD in your current School or Institute, you should discuss your ideas with your postgraduate Programme Director or dissertation supervisor, as soon as possible.

They can advise you if they think this is a suitable option for you, and what funding sources may be available. Funding for further postgraduate study can be complicated - there may be funding schemes in your research area with strict application requirements and deadlines, or it may be more common that students self-fund. Seek advice from your existing support contacts, including from staff in your Graduate School office.

Funding your studies

The University Scholarships and Student Funding Service provides a range of useful advice and information on potential funding opportunities for further study. This includes the Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding, which both current and prospective students who have applied to the University can access.

External sources of information

The academic jobs online portal offers a listing service for the latest PhD studentships and scholarships (funded research projects) across the UK.

Search for PhD studentships

The popular website offers online tips on completing a PhD in the UK and perspectives on what is can be like doing a PhD. You can also search for PhD opportunities.