PhD Research

The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture is hope to a thriving community of postgraduate researchers.  We offer Phd supervision in the following areas. Follow the links to find out more about research in these areas, and the specialisms of our staff.

The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture offers PhD supervision in the following areas:

Overview of the PhD

Duration of study: Full-time 36 months; part-time 60 months.

Part-time study: We offer part-time PhDs to UK and EU students, either on campus or via Distance Learning (subject dependant). Please note part-time study is not available for resident international students and must be completed via Distance Learning (if available).

Residency: A PhD may be conducted on campus or by distance learning. Full-time, on-campus students normally study residentially for 36 months, working with a supervisor and attending research seminars, taking part fully in the research community here. If you are an international student and want to study on campus, you will need a Tier 4 student visa. The PhD may be undertaken by Distance Learning, with no residency or visa requirement (a visitor's visa may be required for making visits to Aberdeen). Distance learning involves the same level of supervision as residential study, and supervisors may stipulate that some meetings be in person. Please see the PhD by distance learning page for more information.

Before you apply

Entry Requirements

Normally, the minimum entrance requirement for admission to a PhD  is a 2:1 (B-average) degree in a relevant field, or equivalent. It is preferable that you hold a Masters relevant to your chosen area of study.

Contact Potential Supervisor

Before applying, you can contact potential supervisors within your area of interest to discuss your research proposal. To identify the appropriate staff, follow the links to the different research programmes within the school from this page.

Application instructions

You can submit your application for a PhD online. Please read these application guidelines before completing your application form.

We require the following supporting documents alongside your application:

  • Degree Certificates for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
  • Academic transcripts (if you have not completed your studies yet, please upload a copy of your transcript of studies to date). If the original language is not in English, please provide an official English translation.
  • Two confidential academic references; you can upload these to your applicant portal or your referees can send then by email to Please ask your referee to include your full name, date of birth and Applicant Personal ID.
  • Your research proposal.
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency in English by taking an IELTS, TOEFL or PTE academic test.

If you have any questions about the application process or programme you are interested in, please contact us at

PGR Funding

New Phd Funding Opportunities in LLMVC

The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture has just announced a series of funding competitions for Phd research in the school. Find out more.