Malcolm graduated from the University of Stirling in 2006 with a first-class Honours degree in Politics, and received his MScEcon in Terrorism and International Relations from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth in 2008. His PhD, submitted to the University of Stirling in 2013, considered the constitutional consultations run by the Scottish and Welsh Governments during the 2007-11 Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly terms. He has taught modules on British Politics and Political Theory at both the University of Stirling and the University of Strathclyde. He worked with Professor Michael Keating on several ESRC projects in the run up to the 2014 Scottish independence referendum and the 2016 EU referendum, including as part of the team at the Centre on Constitutional Change. He is now a lecturer in politics at the University of Aberdeen.