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 (THE Overall Ranking REF 2014) 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.
Supervisors and topics
Looking for a supervisor? Search through tables with our research supervisors and their areas of expertise, grouped by research thematic hub.
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.
Our student community
Join a vibrant research community with over 150 research students. Find out more about our students and their research, grouped here by research thematic hub.
Hear from our students
Find out more about the postgraduate research experience from our former students and how their time with us has impacted where they are now.
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.
Join us at the Postgraduate Virtual Open Day
Register to attend the PG Open Day