University Of Glasgow Phd

By | 7th June 2017

University Of Glasgow Phd


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The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded to a student whose thesis is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in, or understanding of, a field of study and normally containing material worthy of publication. The thesis should demonstrate that the student has adequate knowledge of the field of study and the relevant literature and should show the exercise of critical judgement. The literary presentation should be lucid and scholarly and there should be a satisfactory abstract.   The minimum period of full-time study is  three years and the thesis is normally 70,000-100,000 words, including references, bibliography and appendices.

For any research degree, the research work must be communicated coherently in a thesis presented in a critical and orderly way and, where appropriate, must show evidence of appropriate analysis and discussion of results.

University Of Glasgow Phd

How to apply

Applications for postgraduate research qualifications

We currently offer a wide range of research opportunities allowing you to undertake in-depth study in a specific area.  Before making your application consult our school webpages for information about potential supervisors.

You can use the research search tool to identify supervisors who share your research interests or you may wish to search for research staff by school:

Please see Student Funding Opportunities for information about funded PhD scholarships

Application submission deadlines
Research programmes and training courses begin in September each year.  Application submission deadlines for 2017 entry are:

  • UK and EU applicants  – Friday 25 August 2017
  • International applicants  – Friday 09 June 2017

Applications submitted after the deadline will be processed for September 2018 entry (if you wish to be considered for admission in January 2018 please clearly state this in your application). For more information on research expertise, funding and general enquiries about studying here please contact

University Of Glasgow Phd

Supporting documents
An online application, complete with all supporting documents, is required before an offer for a place on a PhD programme can be considered. Please include the following supporting documentation with your application:

  • Letters of reference: 2 signed, written (in English) references on headed paper.
    At least one reference must be from an academic source i.e. previous lecturer, dissertation supervisor etc
    References emailed direct to from a referee’s official University email account e.g. can be accepted without an official header and signature.
  • Transcripts of previous examination results & qualifications
  • Research Proposal: please consult the Research Proposal Guidelines
  • English Language Certificate: applicants whose first language is not English are required to include evidence of their English Language ability, this should be a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 with no sub test less than 6.5 or equivalent. English language requirements are available here. For further guidance regarding English for Academic Study please visit the Language Centre.

Applications are submitted via the University of Glasgow Online Application System – How to apply for a research degree

Applications for taught postgraduate qualifications

Applications for a taught award should be made online or you can consult specific  programme information.

  • For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English language proficiency level which can be found in the Entry requirements tab of each of the programmes listed: Taught degree programmes A‑Z
  • For further guidance regarding English for Academic Study please visit the Language Centre
  • We provide International Student Support
  • Application deadlines for each specific programme can be found in the How to apply tab of each of the programmes listed: Taught degree programmes A‑Z