Humanities & Social Sciences The Graduate School

  • Students working on computers in the Graduate School
  • a large conference table with chairs in the graduate school
  • conference table in the graduate school
  • students working on computers in the graduate school
  • students working on computers in the graduate school
  • Meeting rooms with glass doors in the Graduate School
  • students working together at desks in the graduate school
  • a large purple seated area in front of a long desk work space in the graduate school
  • students working on computers in the graduate school
  • conference table in the graduate school
  • conference space in the graduate school
  • students working on computers in the graduate school
  • students working on computers in the graduate school
  • meeting rooms with glass doors in the graduate school
  • students meeting in meeting space in the graduate school
  • a large purple seated area in front of a long desk work space in the graduate school

The Graduate School brings together postgraduate students from the variety of disciplines within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

We're an intellectual community that includes students from every continent, and frequently welcomes distinguished academics and external visitors to our Graduate School Seminar Series, conferences and events. We also host an annual Open Evening for prospective applicants.

Our latest student-led initiatives include the Postgraduate Law Conference, the new literary magazine, Quotidian, and our highly-acclaimed Digital Humanities Conference, which featured keynote speaker Professor Robin Mansell, Provost of LSE. Our researchers win competitive awards from funders including the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and the Carnegie Trust. Many of our graduates have become successful academics, artists, policy-makers and entrepreneurs.

The Graduate School also has a well-equipped physical space, which further facilitates our strong emphasis on interdisciplinary working. It contains approximately 100 work spaces (around 60 spaces contain a desktop computer); six bookable quiet rooms; a laptop loan pool and a kitchen. We're also a virtual community: follow our activities on Facebook and Twitter.

We are members of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science. All registered PhD students are members of one or both of these Schools (depending on your subject discipline), which provide training, event and funding opportunities. They also encompass the AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (SGSAH) and the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership (SGSSS), which offer fully-funded studentships. The university-wide lead for AHRC PGR/SGSAH is Dr Sarah Edwards; the university-wide lead for ESRC PGR/SGSSS is Professor Ian Greener.

Training in research & skills

The University’s Researcher Development Programme (RDP) provides comprehensive professional and personal development training for all postgraduate research students: RDP Handbook 2017-18.

The programme offers a tailored suite of workshops, courses, events, online provision and resources designed to meet the development needs of postgraduate research students.  PhD students will graduate with the University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development 

This is a unique qualification, where students can gain credits for academic-related activities, such as conference presentations and organisation. The aim is to develop skilled, confident researchers and effective and valuable potential employees.

The Faculty also offers a Research Skills Handbook 2017-18 (RSP) which comprises a set of workshops aimed at supporting your development as a competent researcher in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Postgraduate research areas

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