Welcome to SGSSS
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 bid for renewed funding has been successful and from 1 October 2017 the SGSSS will be one of the ESRC's 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships(DTP).
Find out more about:
- How SGSSS is structured and governed
- Our participating Universities in Scotland
- The 15* Pathways and the Universites which host them
- Our partner organisations in public, private and voluntary sectors
- Our funders, the ESRC and SFC
*Until the intake of the doctoral student cohort for the academic year 2016/17, the SGSSS operated with 24 Pathways. From the 2017/18 intake there will be 15 Pathways.