Postgraduate research degrees
Our research-based programmes - PhD and MSc by Research - allow you to make a significant contribution to knowledge in, and understanding of, your chosen field.
The University of Edinburgh was ranked first in Scotland for research power in Education and Sport ((REF 2021, Times Higher Education) and we offer the largest concentration of researchers in education in a Scottish university, meaning you'll be supported by and collaborate with leaders in the field. Our research activities cover all aspects of education and learning - from pre-school to higher education and lifelong learning - and a wide range of aspects relating to sport, physical education and health sciences.
PhD programme structure
A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is expected to take three years full-time or six years part-time.
MScR programme structure
The MSc by Research aims to provide a thorough training in research in a particular area within either Education or Sport. It is a one year (full-time) or two year (part-time) degree.
Writing your PhD research proposal
Find guidance on how to write your PhD research proposal and a template form for you to use to submit your research proposal.
Writing your MScR research proposal
Guidance on how to write your MScR research proposal.
Supervisors and topics
Looking for a supervisor? Search through a table of our research supervisors and their areas of expertise.
Fees and funding
We are keen to recruit the very best talent from all over the world. Find details of tuition fees and opportunities for scholarships and financial support for our Postgraduate Research students.
Join a vibrant research community with over 150 research students. Hear some of our students and graduates speak about their experiences, and find out more about their research in this comprehensive list.
Questions about your application or how to apply? Contact the Postgraduate Admissions team or the Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research who look forward to hearing from you.
Visit the University’s Degree Finder for detailed entry requirements, fees, international grade equivalency, language requirements and to apply.