Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences

Why study this programme?

Doctoral study provides the opportunity to carry out a substantial piece of research guided by expert supervisors.

In the process, students gain high level research skills and a range of transferable skills tailored to a variety of ongoing career pathways. The principal grounds for awarding a PhD degree are that it is an original work making a significant contribution to knowledge in the student’s field of study, and containing material worthy of publication.

Doctoral research students are a new and crucial part of the CPASS research community and we welcome applications from potential students in our fields of research interest. We are an innovative and expanding subject area and are keen to attract high-quality students to join us.

Areas of expertise

Current areas of expertise include:

  • Dementia
  • Care (including Critical Care)
  • Recovery
  • Pain
  • Emotion
  • Experience of illness
  • Older People
  • Families

Current student research

Current students within Health in Social Science are working in the areas of:

  • Anticipatory grief, loss and bereavement experienced by carers of people with dementia
  • The experience of people with Down’s syndrome, dementia, and dysphagia

It is important to choose your area of research carefully; applicants are advised to contact the Programme Leader if they have questions concerning the availability of supervision and the suitability of their intended topic. We are only able to admit students whose research interests correspond to those of a member of staff who could provide adequate supervision. If supervision is not available to support your intended area of research, or we are unable to provide basic resources to facilitate your work, then we will be unable to accept your application.

Unsure about whether your PhD proposal is suitable for Health in Social Science?

Please browse academic staff members’ areas of interest and contact them to discuss your outline proposal.

Academic Staff Research Interests

Career Prospects

A PhD from the University of Edinburgh enhances the career prospects of anyone interested in an academic or professional career. Specialist research and successful completion of a PhD in the sphere of health and social science can be an advantage in many areas of health or social care, policy and practice, and opens up employment opportunities in a broad range of fields.

Students with prior professional qualifications enhance their careers with the addition of highly developed conceptual, analytical and research skills.

The University of Edinburgh Careers Service is available to all students for consultation and advice: