College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Information for Staff and Current Students

Information for staff and current students about Postgraduate Research Study. ​

Meet the Doctoral College Event

All postgraduate researchers are invited to join this joint Doctoral College/ Students' Association event from 12:30 - 14:00 on the 28th of April. It is an opportunity for all postgraduate researchers at the University to hear more about the Doctoral College, meet the College Deans and student representatives and learn how to get involved in shaping the work of the Doctoral College. This will be followed by a discussion session. Questions can also be submitted in advance. Booking link here.

Please note that the University has updated Guidance for Students here:

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We know this is a difficult time for people and members of the University Community who would like to speak to someone are welcome to contact the Chaplaincy Listening Service which is currently available 24/7.

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The following pages provide information about:

  • Concessions for Postgraduate Research Students
  • Thesis Submission
  • PVG process
  • Information for funded students and award holders


Concessions for Research Students

Concessions are variations to your degree progression such as an authorised interruption of study or concessions for exceptional circumstances. Staff requiring guidance on how to submit a PG concession request for a student please contact your school postgraduate office.

Thesis submission guide

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Information on the stages of submitting your thesis.

Training and Skills for Research Students

Study Options
Information for Research students about skills and training opportunities.

Information for Funded Students and Scholarship Holders

News and events
Information for current students holding funding from AHRC or ESRC and College awards.

Where to get help

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Information on academic and non-academic support services.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions relating to Postgraduate Research Students

Supervisor Travel Expenses - SGSAH

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Information for University of Edinburgh supervisors

PVG-Disclosure Scotland

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The Scottish Government introduced the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme on 28 February 2011. From this date anyone seeking work with children or protected adults has to apply to join the Scheme in order to be eligible to take up a post either in a paid or voluntary capacity. Some students on Postgraduate Taught Programmes and Postgraduate Research Programmes may be required to join the PVG scheme.