The Graduate School

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. We're also a virtual community: follow our activities on Facebook and Twitter. The Head of the Graduate School is Dr Mark Ellis, Associate Dean for Postgraduate Research.

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 Rivers.

Training in research & skills

The University’s Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD) provides comprehensive professional and personal development training for all postgraduate research students.

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 Programme which comprises a set of workshops aimed at supporting your development as a competent researcher in the Humanities and Social Sciences.