Graduate School

  • Research Degrees 2017-18

    In addition to the taught postgraduate courses offered, we offer a wide range of research opportunities for suitably qualified applicants and which are aligned to the Schools’ research areas of expertise. Opportunities exist to undertake research projects for the awards of:

    • Master of Research (MRes)
    • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Research areas:

    Scholarships, Bursaries and Payment Incentives*

    For 2017-18 we are offering a the following scholarship for Research students:

    International Research Excellence Scholarship

    • For self-funding, full fee paying (non-EU) students offered a place on a full time research programme at UWS. Scholarship Amount: £2000
      How to apply: Please state on your research application that you are applying for an International Research Excellence Scholarship.

    * the provision and level of scholarships, bursaries and incentives are reviewed annually

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  • About the Graduate School

    The UWS Graduate School is committed to providing high quality postgraduate research opportunities with the right blend of specialist knowledge, research training and professional knowledge. Currently UWS has around 450 research students from more than 20 different countries engaged in a variety of postgraduate research programmes (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA and DProf).   

    Our students are vital to developing our vibrant research culture and the Graduate School plays a key role in supporting postgraduate research students to become creative, critical and autonomous thinkers who can make a unique contribution to society.


    Research Student Conference

    The annual Research Student Conference will run from 25th-27th April 2017 showcasing the best in postgraduate research at UWS. There will be two days of student presentations in P118 Paisley followed by our annual poster event and awards ceremony in Brough Hall on 27th April.



    The Student Offer

    The Graduate School is committed to developing the UWS Student Offer within the Research Student Community. This includes supporting and enabling career planning, professional development, teaching experience, research publication and conference participation.

    Student Funding

    • The University offers a limited number of internally funded studentships every year. These are advertised annually and applicants are invited to apply competitively for these opportunities. The University Studentships are offered to include a Stipend and payment of fees. These studentships are open to all applicants from the European Economic Area.
    • Additionally a number of externally funded studentships are available every year and these are advertised annually with details of any eligibility criteria.
    • Students may also apply to study at UWS on a self-funded basis for any project, on a full-time or part-time mode. Students who are not awarded a studentship will be responsible for their own fees and living expenses.
    Additionally you may propose your own research study to UWS, and the Graduate School will attempt to match you to an academic with a similar interest.

    My PGR Platform

       My PGR Platform: a web-based system for recording, reviewing and reporting on PGR student progression and training.


    In 2016 UWS Graduate School introduced My PGR Platform. The system allows PGR students and supervisors to submit and authorise all progress reports online and benefit from:


    ·         Major progress milestones being visible on the ‘completion timeline’

    ·         Students receiving reminders for important deadlines

    ·         Providing clarity on what is required at each stage of the PGR student pathway

    ·         Personalised list of activity, such as publications, training events and conferences allowing students to easily keep a record of their personal development

    ·         Dedicated examinations tool to guide students through the final submission and Viva Voce process



     Click here to access My PGR Platform.
  • Contact Us 

    School of Engineering & Computing, School of Business & Enterprise and School of Education:

    Linda MacDonald 
  0141 848 3635   


    School of Media, Culture & Society, School of Health, Nursing & Midwifery and School of Science & Sport: 

    Margaret Docherty  0141 848 3037

    Gavin Morrison
    PGR Development & Progression Officer  

    Prof Catriona Tedford
    Head of the Graduate School

    PGR Admissions Enquiries:

    Tel: 0141 848 3359



  • UWS Professional Doctorate (DProf.)

    Looking to undertake an advanced but applied research degree; check out our Professional Doctorate degree: 

    Professional Doctorate (DProf.)

    Professional doctorates are an alternative to the traditional PhD research degree and combine taught elements with applied research to a particular professional domain.

    For more information contact our DProf. course enquiries team: