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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school



How do I begin applying?

You can begin applying by submitting an online application by simply clicking here.

How much will it cost?

To encourage equal access, our application is free.

Up-to-date information on tuition and fees may be found here.

What happens after I apply?

Your application materials will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Office in the School of Social and Political Science. They make a recommendation to the College, at which point you should receive an e-mail with the provisional decision. Once the decision is confirmed, the College will contact you with any conditions and with instructions on what you should do to confirm your place on the programme.

Soon after, the Programme Director will get in touch to welcome you to Edinburgh and tell you more about our African Studies programme.

When does the programme run?

The programme runs for 12 months from September to August. There is one intake per year; students attend courses from September to March, and then turn their attention to their dissertation. The timetable is doubled for part-time students taking the programme over two years.

How do I choose my courses?

During your welcome week you will receive a handbook outlining the main course options. You will be guaranteed a place on the two core courses in African Studies: Building Blocks of African Studies, and Research in Africa. In welcome week you will also have a short one-on-one meeting with your Programme Director, who will help you decide on a curriculum that suit your aims and interests within African Studies.

How are classes taught at the University of Edinburgh?

Not every course follows the same format, but many substantive courses take the form of a lecture that introduces key ideas and concepts, and a seminar discussion of the topic and readings. All graduate courses are taught by our terrific faculty members and students spend the bulk of their time preparing for discussions and engagement.

Why don't all the courses run every year?

In order to allow a variety of courses to be taught, and to allow for research leave and sabbaticals for academic staff, some courses will not run every year. Certain courses, including the core courses, are run on an annual basis.

When would I graduate?

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