PhD Research Opportunities

Glasgow Caledonian University is seeking PhD applications from highly qualified individuals in areas which fit with our research excellence. You will have a strong supervisory team, be part of our award-winning Graduate School and be linked to a Research Institute in one of the key areas listed in the PhD portfolio projects below. Please also find below any funded studentships and scholarship opportunities.

Portfolio of PhD Projects available

Application deadlines

There are 3 entry points for PhD study throughout the academic year (1 October, 1 February and 1 May). Deadlines for applications are:

  • May 2015 entry - 1 March 2015
  • October 2015 entry - 1 June 2015
  • February 2016 entry - 1 December 2015

How to Apply

To apply for a PhD project please complete the GCU Research Application Form

Please send the completed application form, stating the project title and reference number, with a CV, copies of academic qualifications, references, and any other required documentation to:

If you require further information about a project, please refer to the staff contact in the project summary. Applicants shortlisted for a PhD will be contacted for an interview.


Applicants will normally hold a UK honours degree 2:1 (or equivalent); or a Masters degree in a subject relevant to the research project.  Equivalent professional qualifications and any appropriate research experience may be considered.   A minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no element below 6.0 is required. Some research disciplines may require higher levels.   


University and School Studentships

Funded studentship projects are advertised here. We recommend prospective students check this section on a regular basis as funded projects are available throughout the academic year.

Currently available funded projects:

Glasgow School for Business and Society

School of Engineering and Built Environment

None currently available

School of Health and Life Sciences

None currently available



UK-Indonesia Dikti Scholarship Programme

The UK-Indonesia Dikti Scholarship Programme will enable Indonesian lecturers to undertake doctoral study in the UK. All academic disciplines and research areas will be funded under the programme and prospective researchers can apply directly to GCU following the standard application process. The scholarships will cover all fees for three years of PhD study, fully funded by the Indonesian government.

Science Without Borders

For Brazilian students wishing to apply for a PhD at GCU, the Science without Borders programme offers two routes for postgraduate students to study in the UK.  Students currently studying for a PhD in Brazil can apply to spend 6-12 months at a UK university as part of a 'sandwich PhD'.  Alternatively students can apply to study for a full PhD at a UK university for 3-4 years.

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