Postgraduate study

ESRC MSc/PhD studentships for the School of Literature, Languages and Cultures

ESRC Scottish Doctoral Training Programme MSc + PhD studentships for 2020 are available for students of Language-Based Area Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Starting date is September 2020.

The University of Edinburgh is part of a consortium of 16 Universities in Scotland awarded funding from the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) to support postgraduate studentships and training in the Social Sciences in Scotland.

Under this Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Scheme, which is run by the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS), the consortium will consider applications for doctoral studentship awards. Here are details of the application process for doctoral studentships available for 2020 entry.

Eligibility for funding

ESRC grants are available for students who (

  • meet the residency criteria (EU or UK residency, see link above for details)
  • hold or are predicted to get a First class or good 2.1 degree or have relevant comparable experience


Application Process and Deadlines

1.  Application to the programme; Applicants must apply for admission to the appropriate programmes, using the links listed below, by Dec 10th 

2. Application for the funding: Register on the SGSSS GradHub, complete the SGSSS Open Competition application form and upload it to GradHub by noon 10 January 2020.  Applicants will be asked to also upload copies of their transcripts, CV and one reference which is not to be from a proposed supervisor.

3. Nomination; By the end of January, Pathway Representatives will consider and nominate applicants to move to the next stage of the competition. Nominated applicants will be asked to submit a full studentship application to the SGSSS by 12 February. Final funding decisions will be made by the SGSSS by early May 2020.


Programmes and Pathways avalable are listed below:

Arabic language training

University of Edinburgh, invites applicants under three routes:

  1. its 2+3 model, which entails a two-year Masters in Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic, including intensive Arabic, followed by three years of PhD funding;
  2. its 1+3 model, which entails a one-year Masters in Advanced Arabic, followed by three years of PhD funding;
  3. its +3 model, which entails three years of PhD funding.

Find out more about postgraduate Arabic programmes, including PhDs

If you have any queries regarding Arabic, please contact Dr Andreas Goerke

Dr Andreas Goerke

Chinese language training

Chinese Studies invites applicants under two routes:

2-year Master of Chinese Studies + 3 year PhD

3 year PhD

If you have any queries regarding Chinese please contact Dr Christopher Rosenmeier:

Dr Christoper Rosenmeier

Applicants for 2+3 or 1+3 study  will also need complete an degree application , available at:

Master of Chinese Studies on the Postgraduate Degree Finder

PhD Chinese on the Postgraduate Degree Finder


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