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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Research Masters Programmes

Our MSc by Research degrees are flexible, one year full-time degrees which combine hands-on training in social research skills with the opportunity to start work on an individual project. In many cases this project will form the basis of a subsequent PhD. During your studies, you will be expected to submit a dissertation as well as a number of research-related training assignments.

The MSc by Research can also be taken on a part-time basis over a period of two years.

MSc by Research in Politics (including International Relations)

MSc by R in Politics - Higher qualification in politics with research training

MSc by Research in Global Health Policy

MSc by Research in Science and Technology Studies

MSc by Research in Social Anthropology

MSc by Research in Social Policy

Information for prospective students wishing to undertake a structured programme of research training in social policy research

MSc by Research in Social Work

Research masters programme in social work

MSc by Research in Sociology

MSc by Research in Medical Anthropology

Medical anthropologists analyze health, illness and healing from a cross-cultural perspective. We are studying a wide range of medical practices, including both performative forms of healing (e.g., shamanism) and the newest biomedical technologies. Medical anthropologists are working in diverse fields: academic research, global health organizations, and health-focused NGOs. Concepts and methodologies from medical anthropology have become essential in all areas of global health research. Edinburgh's Postgraduate Programme engages students with the field's distinctive approach to health and medicine. It takes students away from the idea that there is only one standardized "best practice" by showing an astounding diversity of therapeutic methods, ideas of disease causation, healer personalities, and spaces for healing.

MSc by Research in Socio-Cultural Studies

MSc by Research in South Asian Studies

Research masters