Postgraduate Research Opportunities

Studentships and Self-Funded projects available

Glasgow Caledonian University’s position as a world-class research institution has been reaffirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) results.

We are now seeking PhD and Professional Doctorate applications from highly qualified individuals across research discipline areas which fit with our research excellence strategy.

You will have a strong supervisory team, be part of our award-winning Graduate School and be hosted in one of our Research Institutes working on one of the following key research themes: Healthy Lives, Inclusive Societies and Sustainable Environments.

Portfolio of Self-funded PhD Projects

Glasgow School for Business and Society

The Glasgow School for Business and Society integrates the areas of business, law and social sciences to ensure that they are well placed to meet the needs of business and society. The School has an international outlook and is committed to developing partnerships across the world.

School of Engineering and Built Environment

The School of Engineering and Built Environment is one of the leading schools for programmes in building and surveying in the UK. The school also carries out extensive research in partnership with industry, commerce and other academic institutions in the UK and overseas.

School of Health and Life Sciences

The School of Health and Life Sciences is committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research and knowledge transfer across the disciplines of health, nursing and social care, biological and biomedical sciences, psychology and vision sciences.

Fees and funding


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.

How to Apply

PhD Applications

To apply for PhD study at Glasgow Caledonian University, you need a research application form and research proposal, downloads available below.

State the project title and reference number clearly on the application form and read through our guidance on writing a research proposal. The form and attached proposal should then be sent, along with copies of your academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), two references and any other relevant documentation, to

If you require further information about a project, please contact the staff member as detailed in the project summary.

If you are successfully shortlisted for a PhD, you will be contacted for interview.

Professional Doctorate Applications

Professional Doctorate or Prof D courses begin each January. Prof D applications must be received by 31 October for entry in January of the following year. 

To apply, complete a research application form above. In Section 3 of the form, indicate your chosen Prof D pathway and in Section 4, include a summary of your proposed research.

Return the form to along with copies of academic qualifications (including IELTS if required), two references, a letter of support from your current employer and any other relevant documentation.

You will be contacted for interview if successfully shortlisted for a Prof D course.

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