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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Frequently Asked Questions

Can I study part-time?

Yes. Part-time students follow the same sequence of teaching as full-time students but over a longer period of time.

Do I apply for the PhD or the Research Master's Degree?

If you already have a Master's Degree by Research, that includes research skills training appropriate for your proposed doctoral research, you should apply directly to the PhD. If you do not have a Master's degree, you should apply for the MSc by Research programme, although you can also apply for the PhD - you might be admitted to both (the '1+3' route) with your continuation to the PhD contingent on a successful MSc completion. If you have a Master's degree that is more substantive or 'taught' in its focus, your application will be evaluated in terms of how well your supervisors believe your Master's education prepared you to undertake the PhD. You may be asked to reapply to the Research MSc. Click here for further information on the PhD in Politics & International Relations.

How will my application be evaluated?

Once the Graduate School has determined eligibility according to university regulations, Politics & International Relations carefully evaluates all components of the application, including previous undergraduate and any postgraduate work, reference letters, personal statements, and the research proposal (for important elements of the proposal, see our How to Apply page. Students are only admitted if we have the capacity to offer supervision and strong applications that are outside our academic staffs' areas of expertise are unlikely to be offered admission.

What are the fees?

The fees for undertaking a Master's by Research degree in Politics & International Relations are as set out on the University website.

University of Edinburgh graduates receive a 10% discount in postgraduate tuition fees. The scheme applies to both home and overseas students.

How difficult is it to get funding?

Inevitably there are more applicants than scholarships, so regardless of the basic criteria, scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis with those most able to provide evidence of a high level of academically relevant achievement. You can find information on our Funding Opportunities page.

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