University of Glasgow: School of Interdiciplinary Studies at Dumfries

University of Glasgow
School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Dumfries Campus


The Dumfries Campus is home to the University’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies. By choosing to study at Dumfries Campus, you will benefit from the academic excellence of one of the world’s top universities in a progressive, rural campus environment.

A community campus
You can expect a warm welcome from students and staff. The interdisciplinary teaching and friendly residences help you to get to know students and staff from all disciplines quickly and really feel at home. You will be taught by academics who are among the top researchers in their fields, and who have a bright vision for your teaching and research, both on and off campus.

Working in partnership
We’re proud to be a partnership campus, sharing our Library and IT facilities with the University of the West of Scotland and Dumfries & Galloway College. Your degree will have all the rigour and esteem of a University of Glasgow degree, and the opportunity to work with a range of partners means you’ll really have the best of both worlds: a degree from one of the world’s top universities, plus cutting-edge facilities and a progressive approach to learning.

The perfect location
Dumfries Campus is set in 85 acres of leafy parkland with stunning views to the Solway estuary and hills, and it is within easy reach of the lively town centre. With excellent transport links, the rest of the United Kingdom is within easy reach; Glasgow and Edinburgh are just under two hours away, while Carlisle is under an hour.

Our dedicated postgraduate hub in Maxwell House provides office, social and study space for all postgraduate students.

Postgraduate taught degrees

Our ethos is to develop independent learners with a strong set of graduate skills. All of our programmes are professionally orientated, and we firmly believe in providing you with practical experience as well as a solid academic background. To increase your employability upon graduation, we offer work placements or work experience on almost all of our degree programmes. Student placements are based within a variety of high-profile organisations such as the Scottish Government, the National Health Service, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Australian Koala Foundation and international schools, to name just a few.

Fieldtrips and guest lectures are essential parts of all of our programmes. We place great value on a practical approach and on a variety of perspectives, ensuring that you gain a strong set of professionally orientated skills as well as a solid academic background. You can be confident that whatever your discipline, your learning will be active and interesting.

The outdoor classroom
As well as stunning scenery and recreation, our local landscape and heritage is an important real-life laboratory for teaching and research. Forestry, renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, wildlife conservation, tourism and community projects are all important to the local landscape, culture and economy. If you’re considering environment or tourism programmes, you’ll be pleased to hear we make the most of our spectacular rural location.

Postgraduate research opportunities
The school supports a growing community of research students in Dumfries and further afield. Our research has an impact regionally, nationally and internationally. We welcome both MRes and PhD applicants. Our team of research-led academic staff supports and supervises a wide range of interdisciplinary research areas. There are also opportunities for joint supervision across schools within the University and with partner institutions.

Research topics

  • resilience
  • environmental sustainability and land management
  • tourism and heritage
  • hospice, palliative and end-of-life care
  • public health, wellbeing and ageing
  • social policy and the third sector
  • community studies
  • ecocriticism
  • history and philosophy of science and technology
  • political philosophy
  • science and technology studies
  • Scottish history and Scottish studies
  • science education
  • tourism marketing
  • modern Scottish literature
  • folk belief and popular culture




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