Find a PhD supervisor
If you are looking to conduct research in other areas not currently advertised, please get in contact with our staff to discuss your intended area of study.
Finding a research topic
A PhD can be awarded for work undertaken within any school at the University. We welcome enquiries and applications from prospective research students with interdisciplinary research interest
The first place to look for research opportunities is the postgraduate programmes in the degree finder.
Finding a supervisor
Research supervisors are either staff members of the University, or based in one of the research units or institutions associated with the University.
To find a potential supervisor or the name of postgraduate advisor or director:
- Find the school or department most relevant to your area of interest. If your proposed research is interdisciplinary, you may need to look at more than one school.
- Browse through the staff profiles (this may also be called ‘People’).
- Get in touch with potential supervisors to discuss your proposed research
Schools and departments
We also welcome applications from students with interdisciplinary research interests.
Contact supervisors in the related areas you would like to research. You can discuss the possibility of being supervised collaboratively by people in different academic units.
Edinburgh Global, the University’s strategy for internationalisation, hosts Global Academies, who facilitate interdisciplinary research.
When you have discussed your project with a potential supervisor or advisor, you can then apply online. If you are unsure, ask your supervisor what is the best subject area to apply under.
Find your programme in the degree finder and follow the link to the application form.
You will probably have to write a research proposal to apply for your PhD. Talk to your supervisor about whether you need to do this.