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Research Programme Funding and FAQs

  1. How do I fund my PhD?
  2. Is it advisable to do a Masters before embarking on a PhD? If so, what type of Masters should I take?
  3. Are there any books that can give me an idea of what doing a PhD is like?
  4. I am an overseas student. How do I apply for a student visa?

Question 1: How do I fund my PhD?

Funding is available for PhD study from a variety of sources. New funding opportunities will be posted on this page as they become available.

ESRC doctoral studentships and internships

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGS) logoThe University of St Andrews School of Management is a member institution of the ESRC's Scottish Graduate School (SGS) of Social Science doctoral training centre.

For details of SGS internships for current research students, see:
http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/skills_and_training/internships.
Note: Internship opportunities, with start time in autumn 2017, are available for 2nd and 3rd year PhD students. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 19 July 2017.

For details of the SGS studentship competitions, see:
http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/studentships/award_types.

See also www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/.

Other funding opportunities

We will be updating this page as other funding opportunities arise.

For details of fees and more information on funding postgraduate study at the University of St Andrews, see also www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/pg/fees-and-funding/

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Question 2: Is it advisable to do a Masters before embarking on a PhD? If so, what type of Masters should I take?

Yes. We require an undergraduate degree from a recognised university at 2:1 or above, and a Masters Degree. Pursuing a Masters will greatly assist students in preparing a research proposal.

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Question 3: Are there any books that can give me an idea of what doing a PhD is like?

While not an exhaustive list, our PhD students have reported the following to be useful:

  • Becker, H.S. (1986) Writing for social scientists: How to start and finish your thesis, book or article. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.
  • Bolker, J. (1998) Writing your dissertation in fifteen minutes a day: A guide to starting, revising and finishing your doctoral thesis. Henry Holt & Co, New York.
  • Dunleavy, P. (2003) Authoring a PhD: How to Plan, Draft, Write and Finish a Doctoral Thesis or Dissertation. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke.
  • Hayton, J. (2015) PhD - an uncommon guide to research, writing and PhD life. James Hayton.
  • Murray, R. (2002) How to write a thesis. Open University Press, Buckingham.
  • Rudestam, K.E. & Newton, R.R. (2001) Surviving your dissertation. Sage, Thousand Oaks.
  • Rugg, G. and Petre, M. (2004) The unwritten rules of PhD research. Open University Press, Buckingham.
  • Salmon, P. (1992) Achieving a PhD: ten students' experience. Trentham Books, Stoke on Trent.

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Question 4: I am an overseas student. How do I apply for a student visa?

Please see University of St Andrews International Student Advice and Support at www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/advice/international/.

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