Social Policy, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh is one of the most respected in the UK and among the front rank for the quality of its teaching and research. We offer postgraduate supervision across the whole subject range, with particular expertise in comparative policy studies, childhood studies, family policy, public sector management and socio-legal studies.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The MSc by Research in Social Policy provides a structured programme of research training in social policy research. Some students apply to take the MSc by Research in Social Policy as a stand alone degree, while others use it as the first year of an integrated MSc/PhD programme in Social Policy. It has been designed to train students in research skills to the level prescribed by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)´s generic and subject-specific research training guidelines.

Our focus is on research-led but student focused teaching. There is an active ongoing programme of seminars and workshops for research students and staff, which students are expected to attend and participate in throughout their period of study.


The programme has been designed to train students in research skills to the level prescribed by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)'s generic and subject-specific research training guidelines

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open
  • Educational Form Academic

Programme Structure

All Social Policy PhD students are assigned two supervisors, at least one of whom will be selected on the basis of substantive or methodological expertise to fit the proposed doctoral project. If you are thinking of applying for a doctorate, you should identify which supervisor you think is the best possible match. Please feel free to e-mail any potential supervisor to discuss your proposal.

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Academic Requirements

UK Bachelor Honours degree with upper second class results (2.1) and UK Masters degree with a 65% result, research proposal, and two academic references required.

Tuition Fee


Funding opportunities are available, please contact the Postgraduate Adviser for more details.

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