PhD by Distance
The PhD by Distance programme allows students who are unable to commit to basing themselves in Edinburgh to study for a PhD in a field of Health in Social Science from their home country or city.
The PhD by Distance is not intended to be an online learning programme.
Students enrolled on this programme will be expected to come to Edinburgh at least once per year of study to meet with their supervisors.
The length and timing of these visits are negotiable but students should expect to spend at least two weeks at the University of Edinburgh during each year of study.
This could be for the annual review process, or to attend research training courses. It is also expected that PhD by Distance students will come to Edinburgh for their oral examination (viva voce).
PhD by Distance students will receive the same level of support and supervision as on-campus students. The frequency with which students will meet with their supervisors, and method of communication for supervision sessions, will be provisionally agreed at the point of application and confirmed during induction. This must include at least one face-to-face supervision session each year with additional meetings and communication on a regular basis.
Please be aware that some funding bodies do not permit students to study by distance, for example both ESRC and AHRC regulations currently state that students must be residents at the Institution where they are studying.
The entry requirements for the PhD by Distance are the same as for the School’s on-campus PhD programmes.
In addition, applicants to the PhD by Distance will also be required to complete a PhD by Distance Applicant Admission Form and Study Plan.
Applicants should provide information about previous experience of distance study together with a statement detailing the potential risks and characteristics of distance learning.
Experience of studying at a distance is desirable in applying for the programme however this is not a specific requirement for admission.
It is important however that applicants demonstrate an awareness of the challenges of this mode of study.
Applicants must also provide details of the access they will have to research facilities at the normal site of study and whether a local advisor is proposed.
Applications to the PhD by Distance will only be accepted if applicants have access to local University standard library facilities and to the internet.
Applicants will also be required to have a discussion with the proposed principal supervisor and to complete a provisional study plan in consultation with them as part of the admissions process.
International students wishing to study part-time will be considered for this Distance programme.
What programmes are available by distance?
Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences
PhD/PhD by Distance Counselling Studies
The PhD/MPhil in Counselling Studies programme is an advanced research degree enabling students to conduct in-depth independent research on a topic of their choice, thereby contributing to the knowledge and evidence base for counselling and psychotherapy.
PhD/PhD by Distance Health in Social Science
Doctoral research students are a new and crucial part of the Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences research community and we welcome applications from potential students in our fields of research interest.
Clinical and Health Psychology
PhD/PhD by Distance
The PhD/MSc by Research programme provides the opportunity to do a substantial piece of research in an area linked to clinical and health psychology and to develop excellent research skills in the process.
PhD/PhD by Distance Nursing Studies
The PhD/MPhil Nursing Studies programme is an advanced postgraduate research degree for students wishing to conduct in-depth independent research on an area to contribute to nursing knowledge and evidence. It offers the student a chance to make a significant contribution to knowledge in nursing.