Postgraduate study

PhD students

Support for students working on a PhD programme is an important part of the academic environment.

Book a desk in the PhD study room

Reserve a place to work in the PhD study room on the fourth floor of 50 George Square.

Browse availability and book a place


Introduction and Handbook

Handbook for PhD students in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Where can I get help

How to get in touch with a range of services.


Supervision for PhD Students in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Annual Reviews

Advice on what’s involved in Annual Reviews and how we’ll be reviewing your progress during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thesis submission and viva

Advice on how to submit your thesis and how we’ll be conducting vivas during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Information on applying for Interruptions of Study, Extensions and Leave of Absence.

Conference grants

Apply for funding to attend or present a paper at a conference.

Our postgraduate community

Get the most out of postgraduate life in literatures, languages and cultures by joining our reading groups, journal teams and more.

Resources and Facilities

As a postgraduate in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures you will have access to a variety of School, College and University facilities as well as many within the city of Edinburgh.

Skills support and development

Improving your research and writing skills, and supporting your career goals.

PhD Students working as tutors

Information for PhD students who are taking on paid work at the University

Student Engagement

Responsibilities of PhD students on engaging with their programme of study.

PhD student profiles

Establish your professional digital footprint by setting up a profile on the University of Edinburgh website.

Related Links

Students going abroad

Careers Advice for PhD students

Skills development support - Institute for Academic Development

Research Ethics Policy and Procedures


A Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students