The Graduate School - A Leading
UK Centre of Postgraduate Research
The Graduate School offers you the opportunity to study at the Times Higher Education University of the Year within one of the leading postgraduate research centres in the UK. Our thriving postgraduate community is supported by specialised staff providing research supervision across a range of humanities and social sciences disciplines.
Exclusive to research students in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences (HaSS), it has a thriving postgraduate community and can provide research supervision across the range of Humanities and Social Science disciplines.
We place a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary working and provide a Faculty-wide research training programme for first-year PhD students, and shared delivery of common classes such as qualitative and quantitative methods, research design, and the philosophy of social sciences.
All of our postgraduate students take part in Strathclyde's Researcher Development Programme (RDP) which offers a range of courses, workshops, events, tools and resources to support your personal and professional career development beyond your discipline area.
It’s an exciting time to be a postgraduate research student in HaSS. From July 2012 the Graduate School will be centrally located adjacent to the University’s main library in newly refurbished accommodation.
Part of a £29M investment in the faculty’s estates, the Graduate School will with be fully equipped with state of the art facilities designed to create a welcoming environment for you to take your research further. The implementation of the University’s Technology and Innovation Centre will provide further opportunities to engage in research and commercialisation opportunities.
In 1796, our founder Professor John Anderson, envisaged a university whose purpose would be to work for "the public, for the good of mankind and the improvement of science". He believed that people and society could be improved by the application of reason and intellect, a belief still firmly maintained here today.
In keeping with our mission to be "a place of useful learning" the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences accepts applications for PhD study from highly qualified individuals throughout the academic year. We encourage applications from individuals who are looking for scholarship funding for their studies and have a highly competitive scholarship competition each year to find the best canidates to come and study at the University and embark on a three year programme of postgraduate research. The Studentship application process will normally commence in January of each year but you are encouraged to make contact with the Graduate School at any time throughout the year in relation to making an application for a PhD.
Success in applying for scholarships will depend on your qualifications, experience and research aspirations. If you already have an idea for your research project, or if you are interested in developing your experience in an area of interest within the expertise of a prospective supervisor, you should consider contacting supervisors early on to discuss the possibility of doing a research project under their supervision.
If you want to stand out from the crowd and have the best chance of being selected, your proposal has to stand out from other applicants. Securing funding also does not guarantee a place at the University. You should apply for a place at the University at the same time as your application for funding. Well written applications are more likely to stick in the mind of the reviewer so make sure that your application is well presented and clearly written.
Scholarships awarded to applicants who make the most effort with their applications. It isn’t enough to simply fill out a form, send if off and keep your fingers crossed you win. Academics will immediately spot poorly written proposals so make sure that you set out to impress the reader with your knowledge of the subject and your desire to learn and develop further. There is no magic formula for winning a scholarship but you do have to be organised and selective about what you apply for. There is no point in just applying for something and hoping you will be successful. You are competing against a vast array of talented and qualified applicants and the winner will be the one who has shown the most dedication and determination.
Please click on the link Studentships and Scholarships for further information on current scholarships that are available.
The School’s dedicated team of specialised support means that you will always have access to friendly advice and guidance so that you can make the most of your time here at Strathclyde.
Why not give them a call to find out more about how you can take your research career further at Strathclyde.
HaSS Graduate School
Lord Hope Building Level 1 - LH128
University of Strathclyde,
141 St. James Road
Tel: 0141 444 8455
Please click here for the location of the Lord Hope.
Associate-Dean Postgraduate Research, Head of Graduate School, Dr. Colin Clark
Team Manager, Patricia Bunce
Administrative Assistant, Lorraine Annand
Administrative Assistant, Catherine Deeney
Adminstrative Assistant, Evander Nicolson
Modern Apprentice, Caitlin O'Neill