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Socio-Cultural Studies PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Social Sciences Social Research

Course type


Course Summary

Socio-cultural studies attracts people with social science backgrounds who wish to work on interdisciplinary topics, and also those from an arts or humanities background who want to gain skills and experience in social research. Our PhD students can apply to the Arts and Humanities Research Council and some have already been successful in applications for doctoral research funding to the AHRC. Indicative courses include: Documents of Life; Research Design; Data Analysis; Sources & Approaches for Historical Research; Research Methods in Literatures, Languages & Cultures; Research Design in Geography; Explanation & Understanding in Social & Political Research; Contemporary Social Theory; Ethical & Political Issues in Social & Political Research. The dissertation element of the degree can take the form of either a small piece of independent research or a detailed proposal for a PhD.

Different course options

Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 3 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The fee for 2018-19 is £4,260. There will be slight increases in 2019-20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, and a UK masters degree with an overall mark of 65% or its international equivalent.