Postgraduate study

PhD students

Support for students working on a PhD programme is an important part of the academic environment in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC).

Book a desk in the PhD study room

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

Browse availability and book a place

Request annual leave

PhD students are entitled to eight weeks vacation time in a year, which must be booked in advance with agreement from your supervisor.

There is no need to apply for an Authorised Interruption of Study (AIS) when taking annual leave.

Please note that you will not be engaged with your studies and no extra time will be added to your record when you take leave.

Request annual leave (log in required)


Our research ethics review process is designed to support researchers - including PhD students - in managing risks associated with their research, and to ensure the highest professional standards in designing, conducting and disseminating research. 

Find out more about ethics and complete a Research Ethics, Integrity & Governance Application


Concessions (Interruptions and Extensions)

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

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.

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.

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

Apply for an LLC local Student Experience Grant


A Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students