Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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A PhD is a high level, globally-recognised qualification, rooted in original research and is rigorous and demanding. Most students are passionate about their area of interest and pursue a PhD as a result of their academic curiosity and desire for research excellence.

A PhD will typically take three to four years of full-time study, or five to six years of part-time study.

We can offer Doctoral Degrees in the following academic areas (subject to availability of academic staff for supervision) from various locations across the region (view our campuses):

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Academic fields

Academic fields

Subject to availability of academic staff, we can offer postgraduate research student supervision in the following academic areas (links to all colleges are at the bottom of the page):

Academic FieldAvailable at
Archaeology Lews Castle College UHI, Orkney College UHI, Shetland College UHI
Biomedical Sciences Centre for Health Science
Energy Lews Castle College UHI, North Highland College UHI, Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI, Perth College UHI
Environmental science North Highland College UHI, Inverness College UHI
Fine Art Moray College UHI
Gaelic and Related Studies Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI
History Centre for History
Marine Science Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI
Northern Studies Inverness College UHI; Lews Castle College UHI; Moray College UHI; Orkney College UHI; Perth College UHI; Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI; Shetland College UHI
Rural Health Centre for Rural Health & Wellbeing
Sustainability Studies Centre for History, Centre for Rural Health & Wellbeing, Inverness College UHI, Lews Castle College UHI, Orkney College UHI, Perth College UHI, Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI, Shetland College UHI, West Highland College UHI
Theology Highland Theological College UHI
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Subjects by location

Subjects by location

Locations and subjects - PGR students

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