PhD programme

Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities

We are welcoming statements of interest from potential PhD candidates who wish to apply for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded studentships as part of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). 

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We are welcoming statements of interest from potential PhD candidates who wish to apply for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded studentships as part of the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). 

We particularly welcome applicants interested in one or more of the following areas of research excellence:

  • English: Literature from Anglo-Saxon to Contemporary, Intermediality and Visual Culture; Book History and Print Culture; Creative Writing.
  • Theatre Studies: Drama from Medieval to Contemporary; Dramaturgy; Applied Drama.
  • Film Studies: British Cinema; American Cinema; Art Cinema; Film Stardom and Performance; Adaptation - Novel to Film & Stage and Screen.
  • Comic Studies: Comics and Creative Practice; Comics History and Aesthetics; Educational Use of Comics; Comics and Autobiography; Comics and other media.
  • History: Global History; Scottish History (particularly seventeenth and eighteenth century political history, nineteenth century social history, migration history and environmental history); European History; American History; Atlantic History; Eighteenth Century History; History of Empire; Gender History.
  • Law: International Law and Governance; Multi-level Governance; Environmental Law and Sustainable Development; Criminal Law and Justice; Corporate Law and Corporate Governance; International Family Law.
  • Philosophy: Continental Philosophy; Philosophy and Film; Philosophy and Technology; Philosophy and Performance.
  • Art, Media, and Visual Studies: Histories & Archives, Curation as practice, Theoretical studies, Visual Studies, Art & Philosophy, Aesthetics, Word & Image, Artists’ practice-led research.
  • Digital Economy, Futures & Culture: Exploring future technologies and user interactions through critical design Software and product design, Assistive technologies, Serious Games, Visual Effects for Film & TV, Future Practices in Design & Craft, Sustainable Design, Environmental solutions.
  • Design: Visualisation & Simulation, Mediating technology, information design, Applying design thinking, Public engagement, Identity cultural & sense of place, Design in Public, Policy, Society, Business-Service Design, Exploring the economic / social impact of new practices.

Successful applicants will benefit from:

Fees and stipend at around £15,000 per annum (fees only for EU students) for 3.5 years

AHRC-funded students will have access to the rich resources available in all Scottish HEIs as well as unique training opportunities developed in partnership with SGSAH’s prestigious and internationally-renowned supporter organisations. These include the National Museum of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the National Theatre of Scotland, the National Galleries of Scotland, BBC Scotland, Scottish Opera, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Edinburgh International Book and Film Festivals, and the Scottish Sculpture Workshop. Full details available on the SGSAH website.

What is the value of the studentship?

This will be at the annually published Research Council UK rates and will include tuition fees at the Home/EU rate, plus an annual stipend for Home students only (£15,500 in 2019).

Entry requirements

  • Only Home and EU students are eligible to apply.
  • The AHRC expects that applicants to PhD programmes will normally hold, or be studying towards, a Masters qualification.
  • A First-Class Honours Degree (or international equivalent) and/or a Distinction at Masters Level is extremely desirable.
  • In order to be nominated for a studentship, applicants must hold an unconditional or conditional offer of a place on a PhD degree programme in one of a specified range of disciplines above. The SGSAH encourages and welcomes cross-institutional supervisory teams.
  • You must meet the residency criteria set out in the UKRI Conditions of Research Training Grants.
  • EU nationals resident in the EEA are normally only eligible for fees only.
  • Both new and continuing PhD students may apply. To be eligible, continuing students must have at least 50% of their 3½ years full-time or 7 year part-time PhD programme remaining as at 30 September 2020, and funding will only be available for this remaining period.
  • AHRC students are awarded on the condition that the student lives a ‘reasonable distance’ from their lead-HEI.

How to apply

Start your application for:

Further information on the selection process can be found on the SGSAH website.

Please ensure the following two questions under Supplementary Information are completed

  • Q5. Quoting reference AHRC-PHD
  • Q7. Upload your Research Proposal PDF. 

Contact us

Any questions please contact:

Research Team
School of Art & Design

University of Dundee
Dundee, DD1 4HN
+44 (0)1382 385337

Judith Milne
School of Humanities

University of Dundee
Dundee, DD1 4HN
+44 (0)1382 388625

PhD Admin Team
School of Social Sciences

University of Dundee
Dundee, DD1 4HN
+44 (0)1382 384459

Find out more on the SGSAH website