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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I start the application?

To apply to this programme you will need to submit an online application. The online application is available through the 'apply online' button at the top right side of the masters programme webpage. Alternatively, if you do not have reliable internet access you may request a hard copy application from the Graduate School. In this case, send an email to: gradschool.sps@ed.ac.uk

What happens when I apply?

The Programme Director reviews your file and makes a recommendation to the College, at which point you should receive an e-mail with the provisional decision.  Once the decision is confirmed, the School will contact you with any conditions and with instructions on what you should do to confirm your place on the programme.

When does the programme run?

The programme runs from September to August.  There is one intake per year; students attend courses from September to the end of March, and then turn their attention to their dissertation.  This will be submitted towards the end of August. The timetable is varied for those part-time students taking the programme over two years.

How do I choose my courses?

During your induction week you will receive a handbook outlining the main course options.  After this you will have a short one-to-one meeting with your Programme Director who will help you decide on a programme of courses that suit your aims and interests within the framework of International Development and African Issues.

How is the taught element taught?

Not every course follows the same format, but many substantive courses take the form of two hour seminars in which a lecturer will set out the outline for the day's discussions, and may introduce key ideas and concepts, and then will proceed to guide students in discussion.  This means that the onus is on students to come prepared for such discussion, having read adequate material from lists provided in course handbooks.

When would I graduate? 

If all goes well, you will graduate in the beautiful McEwan Hall in the November or December around three months after you submit your dissertation.

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