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Course Information

Queen Margaret University Graduate School welcomes applications for doctoral studies in our specialist subject areas.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Queen Margaret University’s focus is on key subject areas which are in the line with our vision. Before applying for a PhD, ensure you identify first that your proposed research area is one in which QMU can offer supervisory expertise. We highly recommend that you contact potential supervisors prior to submitting an application.

Professional Doctorate

We offer a professional doctorate which has been designed for experienced professionals working in health and social sciences.

This qualification is for those who normally already have Masters level qualifications and two or more years expertise in a professional field, and want to conduct PhD level study related to their professional area whilst working. The research is usually carried out at the place of employment.

PhD by publication

QMU offers suitable staff members the opportunity to complete a PhD by publication. The PhD by publication shares most of the characteristics of the PhD and is normally awarded on the basis of a series of peer-reviewed academic papers, books, citations or other materials that have been published, accepted for publication, exhibited or performed, usually accompanied by a substantial commentary linking the published work and outlining its coherence and significance, together with an oral examination at which the candidate defends his/her research.

Research Centres

QMU has six research centres, and you can find out more about the opportunities for PhD study that these themes offer by visiting the links below:

Subject Divisions

Individual divisions provide further details on the opportunities for doctoral studies and the areas currently being researched by staff and students at QMU.

The School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management comprises three divisions. The following links will take you to division specific information for PhD students.

The School of Health Sciences comprises eight divisions. The following links will take you to division specific information for PhD students.

Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences
Occupational Therapy and Arts Therapies
Speech and Hearing Sciences
The Institute for International Health and Development

Course Duration

Both PhD’s and Professional Doctorates take at least 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time.

Course Structure


SCQF Level




Thesis Length


Level 12


Independent study

Thesis & viva

70,000 to 100,000 words

Professional Doctorate

Level 12


Taught modules & independent study

Modular, thesis & viva

30,000 to 40,000 words

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