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Course summary

This is a generic PhD programme for the School of Social and Political Science. Most PhD applicants should apply to a discipline-specific PhD programme, usually the home discipline of your intended lead supervisor. Interdisciplinary research can take place within the named discipline programmes. If you intend to apply for the generic PhD in Social and Political Science, you must email the Director of Postgraduate Research with your research proposal and reasons for applying for this programme in advance of making a formal application. The main content of this PhD programme is an independent doctoral research under the supervision of at least two members of academic staff from the Social and Political Science subject area. Our expertise and interests range across the following subject areas:

  • African Studies
  • Global Health Policy
  • International Development
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Social and Public Policy
  • Social Anthropology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Socio-cultural Studies
  • South Asian Studies
Your application must clearly state the potential supervisor you have contacted.


See the University of Edinburgh website for detailed programme information.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on the University of Edinburgh website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Social and Political Science at The University of Edinburgh - UCAS