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About us

The Graduate School of Social and Political Science is an interdisciplinary hub providing advanced postgraduate education and training in the social sciences. It forms the postgraduate division of the School of Social and Political Science. The Graduate School has two Deputy Directors who are responsible for Taught Masters programmes (Dr Stefan Ecks) and Research degrees (Dr Elke Heins) and supported by an office manager (Toni Dismore)

Location

The Graduate School Office is located on the 1st floor of the Chrystal Macmillan Building (room 1.20) and is normally open from 9:30-16:30 Monday to Friday. It provides an accessible point of personal contact for new enquiries and for existing students.

Contact Details

For general enquiries please email: Gradschool.sps@ed.ac.uk

phone: +44 (0)131 651 5122

For taught student queries please email: PGTaught.sps@ed.ac.uk

For research student queries please email: PGResearch.sps@ed.ac.uk

For admissions enquires, including how to apply, please email: PGAdmissions.sps@ed.ac.uk

MSc (Taught and Research) on-campus students

MSc (Taught) and MSc (by Research) students can also contact their Course Administrator:

Gillian MacDonald is team leader of the PGT Programme Support Team (taught courses/programmes) and the administrator of the courses for following programme:

•   MSc Digital Society

Gillian is situated in room 1.19 and can be contacted on 0131 651 3244.

Jemma Auns is the administrator of the courses for the following programmes:

•   MSc Global Environment, Politics, and Society
•   MSc International and European Politics
•   MSc International Political Theory
•   MSc International Relations
•   MSc International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic/Advanced Arabic
•   MSc International Relations of the Middle East
•   PG Advanced Professional Studies (MHO)

Jemma is situated in room 1.19 and can be contacted on 0131 650 2456.

Becky Guthrie is the administrator of the courses for the following programmes:

•   MSc Africa and International Development
•   MSc African Studies

•   MSc International Development
•   MSc Medical Anthropology
•   MSc Social Anthropology

Becky is situated in CMB 1.19 and can be contacted on 0131 651 1659.

Dave Nicol is the administrator of the courses for the following programmes:

•   Master of Social Work
•   MSc Nationalism Studies
•   MSc Sociology and Global Change
•   MSc Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance
•   MSc Science and Technology in Society
Dave is situated in CMB 1.19 and can be contacted on 0131 651 1485.

Cath Thompson is the administrator of the courses for the following programmes:

•   MSc Comparative Public Policy

•   MSc Global Health Policy

•   MSc Health Policy

•   MSc Public Policy
•   MSc Social Research

Cath is situated in CMB 1.19 and can be contacted on 0131 651 3892.

TBC is the secretary for the following programme:

•    MSc by Research programmes 

TBC is situated in room 1.19 and can be contacted on 0131 651 5070.

Online Learning Students

Maria Brichs is the Online Learning Programmes  Administrator for the following programmes: 

  • MSc Global Challenges
  • MSc Global Health Policy
  • MSc International Development
  • PG Certificate in Africa and International Development
  • PG Certificate in Global Development Challenges
  • PG Certificate in Making Use of Digital Research

Maria is located in CMB 1.19 and can be contacted on 0131 651 3201.

PhD students 

Please email pgresearch.sps@ed.ac.uk  or call  0131 651 5070

Toni Jenkins is the Postgraduate Research Support Officer . Toni is situated in room 1.19 and can be contacted on 0131 651 5070.

Student Support Team

Kasia Mazurkiewicz  (currently on maternity leave)

Emma Lawson  (maternity cover) is the student support officer for the PIR programmes, the Social Policy programmes and the MSc in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance and the MSc in Science and Technology in Society.  Emma is situated in CMB G.04

Noureen Ehsan is the student support officer for CAS and International Development programmes, Social and Medical Anthropology, Social Work and Sociology programmes.  Noureen is situated in CMB G.04

Our student support officers are responsible for:

•    special circumstances

•    programme handbooks

•    DPT updates

•    Leaves of Absence, Consessions and Withdrawals

•    Engagement and Attendance Monitoring Support

•    Progression and Awarding Boards of Examiners

Postgraduate Admissions in SPS

For general questions about postgraduate admissions, including how to apply:

email: pgadmissions.sps@ed.ac.uk

phone: +44 (0)131 651 5074

  • Anna Drever - Postgraduate Admissions Officer. Telephone +44(0)131 651 5074
  • Elaine Khennouf - Postgraduate Admissions Administrator. Telephone +44(0)131 650 8428
  • Postgraduate Admissions Secretary. Telephone +44(0)131 651 3064
  • Postgraduate Admissions Secretary. Telephone +44(0)131 651 1560

Student Development Office

The SPS Student Development Office delivers skills training, career development, placement opportunities and knowledge exchange for students on both taught and research programmes.

The Student Development team are located in room 1.14 in the Chrystal Macmillan Building. To find out more about the workshops and placement-based dissertations you can either drop by their office or visit the Student Development Office web pages.

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