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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


MSc in Comparative Public Policy

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The application deadline for this programme is 6 July 2020.

A message from the director

Welcome to the web pages for the MSc in Comparative Public Policy at the Graduate School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.  You should find key information about the programme on this and subsequent pages, including the programme's aims and structure.   

The MSc draws upon Edinburgh's growing strength in the field of comparative studies. Members of the Social Policy group employ a diverse range of comparative approaches to research policy in different nation states and to examine the role of local, regional, national and transnational government.

Best wishes

Niccolo Durazzi

Who to Contact

For general queries (e.g. fees, qualifications) and application queries:

The Graduate School of Social and Political Science
Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square
Tel: +44 (0)131 651 1560
Fax: +44 (0)131 651 1778

For queries about the programme:

Dr Niccolo Durazzi
Lecturer in Political Economy of Social Policy
Programme Director for MSc Comparative Public Policy
The University of Edinburgh
School of Social and Political Science
Chrystal Macmillan Building
15a George Square

How to Apply

Due to high demand, the school operates a number of selection deadlines. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline when we will offer a proportion of the places available to applicants selected through a competitive process.*

Round Deadline Response By
1 3 March 2020 3 April 2020
2 14 April 2020 20 May 2020
3 1 June 2020 29 June 2020
4 6 July 2020 27 July 2020

*(Revised 2nd March 2020 to include application deadlines.)

If you have received an offer but are no longer able to take up your place, please decline your offer via your Applicant Hub portal, or contact so that your place may be offered to another applicant.  

Further guidance on how to apply and entry requirements, etc. is available on the Graduate School website.

Fees and Scholarships

  • Full fees information, including part time fees, is available here.
  • Information on how to pay is available here.
  • Information on funding and scholarships is here.

Bologna Compatibility

Like all University of Edinburgh Masters programmes, the degree is fully Bologna compatible, and is recognised across Europe and beyond under the principles of the Bologna framework. The programme comprises 180 Edinburgh credits, which are equivalent to 90 ECTS credits.


Edinburgh4Learning offers an intuitive and easy to use funding information tool which allows students to search using a series of handy drop-down lists. Students can access the Edinburgh4Learning portal direct from the Scholarships and Student Funding Services website. Registration requires a valid university of Edinburgh e-mail address and in a matter of moments students can access numerous funding opportunities to help them during their studies.