Scottish Graduate School of Social Science

Social Policy

The Social Policy Pathway is offered by a partnership between the University of Edinburgh and the University of Stirling, both established providers of high quality ESRC-recognised doctoral training. This partnership constitutes a top-rated research environment in which to study Social Policy at graduate level within the UK and internationally. Students benefit from a high level of international engagement in the form of European-level doctoral training networks.

Core subject-specific training, general research and transferable skills are provided via a range of MSc degrees. Students usually complete a '1+3' route in either institution (MSc, PhD). Training is broadly focused and includes international and cross-national policy; work, employment and economy; childhood studies; public health and welfare; meeting need, poverty reduction, and wellbeing; social justice and human rights. We are also engaged in the delivery of Advanced Quantitative Methods.

As part of a Scottish DTC, Social Policy students have the opportunity to undertake training and research in a unique and increasingly significant policy context, with strong links to policy makers and practitioners unparalleled in the wider UK. In particular, we have strong links with the Scottish Government, local authorities and third sector organisations, many doctoral students benefiting from placements and CASE awards in recent years.

The pathway builds on and looks to extend existing collaboration between the Universities such as the Scottish Social Survey Network, the Scottish Social Policy Network, the Centre for Families and Relationships, the EU (FP VI) Network of Excellence in Reconciling Work and Welfare (RECWOWE) and the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research.

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