Postgraduate study

Introduction and Handbook

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


The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures is one of eleven schools located in the College of Arts, Humanties and Social Science, one of the three colleges of the University of Edinburgh.

PhD students are registered for 3 years full time or 6 years part time

PhD programmes allow for one further year of study in addition to the registration period if students have not completed their thesis within 3 years. This additional year is sometimes referred to as the “writing-up” year. The maximum period of registration for the PhD is thus four years for full time students and seven years for part-time students.

If students decide to take advantage of this additional year they will not be charged tuition fees but will need to pay a matriculation fee in order to refresh their registration.

If students require an extension to take them beyond the additional year, they will be charged the Annual Continuation Fee as well as the matriculation fee. See the section on Concessions for further information on this.

Handbook and Code of Practice

Code of Practice for Supervisors and Research Students

These handbooks does not supersede University Regulations available online under Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study (DRPS):

Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study


Confirmation of Attendance

All students must have their attendance confirmed every year. This action can be done by either supervisors or the Graduate School office. Please be aware that the person confirming your attendance should see you in person for this to take place.

Administrative support

The Postgraduate office is located on the first floor of 50 George Square.

Administrative support

Academic support

Academic support is available in a variety of forms.

Academic support