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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.

SGSSS INTERNSHIPS 2018 - CALL NOW LIVE!

The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) is delighted to inform you that the first internships call for 2018 is now live on the SGSSS website.

In partnership with four host organisations, there is a diverse range of internships provided by the Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland, NHS Health Scotland and SPICe.

Applications are encouraged from second and third year PhD students with a deadline of 5pm, Wednesday 24 January 2018.

Please engage with SGSSS on social media @socsciscotland.

CSPPG PhD studentship

The Centre for the Study of Philanthropy & Public Good is inviting applications for a fully funded PhD studentship (EU/UK fees plus stipend at RCUK level) on the theme of 'Philanthropic Foundations and Engaged Philanthropy', co-funded by The Rank Foundation and the University of St Andrews.

For more information, see: philanthropy.scot.

Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGS) logoESRC/SGSSS Doctoral Studentships

The 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.

ESRC/SGSSS is now advertising its studentships for the student-led open competition. See the SGSSS website for information on how to apply.

The deadline for applications is 11 January 2018.

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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