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Social Policy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

Edinburgh is the leading centre for social policy research in Scotland and one of the leading centres of postgraduate education and training in social policy in the UK.

The Social Policy group at The University of Edinburgh is one of the most respected in the UK and among the best for the quality of its teaching and research.

We offer postgraduate supervision across the whole subject range, with particular expertise in comparative social policy, welfare reform, labour market policy, health policy, childhood studies, family policy and education policy.

Facilities

Edinburgh’s excellent library facilities and the presence of the headquarters of many public, voluntary and private organisations, including the Scottish Parliament, make the city the perfect place to undertake research on social and public policy.

Accreditation

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

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Training and support

  • Our approach is research-led but student-focused teaching. 
  • There is an active programme of seminars and workshops for research students and staff.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    7

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, and a UK masters degree with an overall mark of 65% or its international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20100 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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PhD part-time fees

  • Overseas: £10,050

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Awards
  • Research scholarships for international students
  • Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships

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