PhD Opportunities


UHI Shetland have an impressive research output, and with highly specialised staff you can study for postgraduate and doctoral level qualifications.

Self-funded PhDs

We welcome discussion and applications from prospective students who have an idea for a PhD research project that sits within our research areas and who are able to fund the project themselves (personally, or by an employer or sponsor).

Our research pages provide information on our areas of research. We encourage you to contact a relevant member of research staff, preferably via email, with a summary of your idea, making it clear that you have means to self-fund the project. You can find details of our research areas and staff emails here. 

Please bear in mind that our researchers are very busy and may not reply straight away.

Current PhD opportunities

Being and becoming ocean citizens- the role of rural communities in informing and participating in marine governance

Lead Academic: Dr Rachel Shucksmith –

Project location: UHI Shetland – Shetland

Closing date: 15th May 2023

You can find more information about the project here.

How to apply