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Postgraduate researchPhDs

Is a PhD right for you?

Do you have a passion and a curiosity about a field of research?

A deep passion and an enquiring mind are critical to successfully navigating a PhD. You’ll need to be determined and resilient because your research will go on for three to four years – but remember, although this is about independent research, you will not travel the journey alone. With the support of expert supervisors, our comprehensive researcher development programme and the community provided by Strathclyde Doctoral School you will be well equipped for success.

Do you have a research question, the answer to which will expand knowledge in this area?

Many researchers join Strathclyde pursuing their own specific areas of interest. If there is a topic you are interested in studying then your first step is to visit the relevant research subject page.

If you are unsure about what you might be interested in studying then we also have a list of currently available funded and unfunded projects across all disciplines.

Do you have the required academic qualifications?

The academic requirements can vary across disciplines. For example, in the humanities and social sciences a Masters qualification is generally requested while many science disciplines require a minimum 2.1 at Bachelors level (or equivalent). Where there is competition for a funded place then a Masters qualification would be required.

Have a look at our subject pages and talk to your prospective supervisor about the academic requirements in your discipline.

Have you considered how you will fund your studies?

A PhD comes with tuition fees for at least three years, some disciplines require payment of bench fees (to cover lab consumables) and you will need to cover housing and living costs.

There are a range of ways you can fund your studies.