Scottish Graduate School of Social Science


There is enormous strength across the Scottish universities in health-related social science research. Promoting the health and wellbeing of populations is a clear priority nationally and globally. A 'Healthier Scotland' is one of The Scottish Government's strategic objectives and three of the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals focus on health. Interdisciplinary working is essential if social science is to deliver the understanding and impact necessary to meet local and global health challenges. Throughout Scotland there are both established and emergent collaborations across social science disciplines, between the social and biomedical/clinical sciences and with policy and practice.

This pathway delivers world-class training that enhances individual disciplines, develops the priority areas of advanced quantitative methods and economics as relevant to health, promotes interdisciplinarity and maximises research impact through effective knowledge exchange.

Students pursuing doctoral training in this pathway will come from diverse disciplines both within and outwith the social sciences. The core and advanced training will maximise the opportunities available to such students and establish a new community of scholars. 




ESRC-funded studentships in Health are available at the following institutions. Please contact the relevant institutional representative for further information: