Great emphasis is given to research in our School, particularly applied interdisciplinary research and development which influences and supports policy and practice.

We are particularly well placed in Scotland to further the agenda of promoting social inclusion, raising achievement and enhancing quality of life across the lifespan, in an era when "joined up" working and integrated services are widely seen as essential.

Collaborative teams link with wider collaborations across the University (for example with Nursing, Medicine, Computing, and Psychology), with other Universities nationally and internationally, and with relevant agencies (such as central and local government, NGOs, voluntary organizations, professional associations, commercial sponsors, and other bodies). Links to the University of Dundee Graduate School, to the collaborative Social Dimensions of Health Institute, and to Research Councils and other funding bodies are also important.

Our Research Centres are tightly focused and have a track record of international significance:

Research Degrees in the School

Masters degrees in research are usually completed in 1-2 years of full-time work or 2-4 years on a part time basis (MPhil and MSc). PhD degrees and Professional Doctorates usually take three years of full-time work or up to four years part-time.

More information on our Professional Doctorates can be found on the webpages below:

Entry requirements

You should have an honours degree at 2.1 or above, and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline.

English Language Requirement: IELTS with a minimum of 6.5 in each component. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

English language pre-sessional programmes

We offer pre-sessional programmes which are designed to prepare you for university study. These provide additional English language tuition for students who do not meet our minimum English language requirements by up to 1.0 IELTS and 0.5 IELTS. Successful completion of these programmes guarantees progression to various degrees at the University of Dundee as long as you hold a relevant offer.

PhD fees

Applying for a research degree

Use UCAS Postgraduate to apply for a research degree. Please read the guidance on filling in your UCAS Postgraduate application before proceeding with your application.

Education & Social Work

Applicants for professional doctorates, should download and complete all the following. You must include a curriculum vitae and a plan for a Module 1b topic and preferably provisional plans for at least one other Module.

Apply here:

PhD opportunities

View PhD opportunities on the ESWCE website

Creative Economies PhD studentship

Learn about our Doctoral training programmes

View University of Dundee PhD projects, programs & scholarships on


Professor Samia Khan
Education, Social Work & Community Education
Tel:+44 (0)1382 381114