The Scottish Graduate School of Social Science is the UK's largest facilitator of funding, training and support for doctoral students in social science. By combining the expertise of sixteen universities across Scotland, the school facilitates world-class PhD research. The school is funded jointly by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Scottish Funding Council.
SGSSS is a highly attractive environment for doctoral research. Not only do our partner universities offer an excellent research environment, we also offer comprehensive and world-class research training in a number of discipline-specific and interdisciplinary pathways. In addition, the school manages a programme of advanced training courses and an annual summer school which together offers our students further opportunities to develop their research, knowledge exchange and transferable professional skills.
At the heart of the SGSSS is the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) in Scotland. The SGSSS was established in 2011 and is the biggest of 21 Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) accredited DTCs in the United Kingdom.
The following Scottish universities are members of the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science.
- University of Aberdeen
- University of Abertay Dundee
- University of Dundee
- University of Edinburgh
- Edinburgh Napier University
- University of Glasgow
- Glasgow Caledonian University
- Heriot-Watt University
- University of the Highlands and Islands
- Queen Margaret University
- Robert Gordon University
- Scotland's Rural University College
- University of St Andrews
- University of Stirling
- University of Strathclyde
- University of the West of Scotland
10 of these institutions are able to hold ESRC studentships within at least one pathway. For more information on this please see our detail on our pathways here: http://www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/about_sgsss/pathways
SGSSS offers students access to research expertise across Scotland, in disciplines across social sciences, as well as in subjects where social scientists are collaborating with colleagues from other disciplines such as medicine and the natural/physical sciences. Our training provision includes:
- Advanced Training
- Summer School
- Internships and Experience-based Training
- Data resources and training