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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school



MSc in Health Policy

Health systems across the world are under pressure to broaden access to services while improving quality and efficiency. This programme offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary health systems, preparing students for careers in policy, management, advocacy or further study.

MSc in International Development

This programme looks at the challenges facing people, communities and institutions in the Global South.

MSc in International and European Politics (incl. European Practitioner Pathway)

Offers an advanced understanding of key issues and controversies in contemporary international and European politics. Courses in IEP are grounded in the categories of International Relations, European Studies and Comparative and Regional Politics. IEP thus offers students the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary studies in a large and intellectually stimulating community and to develop their core interests in one of these streams.

MSc in International Political Theory

The MSc International Political Theory analyses contemporary international affairs from a philosophically-informed perspective, with a particular focus on their ethical dimensions. Specifically, the programme looks at how to apply the methods and intellectual resource of (normative) political theory, or political philosophy, to contexts beyond that of the modern nation-state.

MSc in International Relations

Our MSc International Relations looks at the pressing challenges and problems humanity faces in the international realm - war and peacebuilding, terrorism, power, diplomacy, climate change, trade, inequality, poverty, migration and international cooperation.

MSc in International Relations of the Middle East

The MSc in International Relations of the Middle East is an interdisciplinary programme that builds on two fields of study: International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies. Courses in the programme will equip students with a theoretical basis in International Relations to explore the historical and political dynamics of Middle East politics.

MSc in International Relations of the Middle East With Arabic

This two year degree combines an intensive Arabic language programme with the study of International Relations of the Middle East in addition to a menu of course options that includes the study of the history, religion and culture of the region. It will equip students with a broad knowledge of the analytical, conceptual and theoretical debates of International Relations and Political Science and a high level of competence in spoken and written Arabic. This will enable them to use this language not only as a means of communication but as an important research and professional skill in fields such as the diplomatic service, journalism and media, business, NGOs, and academia.

MSc in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance

This MSc programme looks at how to respond to the challenges of the bioeconomy, including developing sustainable innovation in a responsible manner; identifying and exploiting value throughout innovation ecosystems; and bringing new technologies to existing and emerging markets.

MSc in Medical Anthropology

The University of Edinburgh's MSc in Medical Anthropology provides an advanced understanding of health, illness, and medicine in different social and cultural settings. It explores both traditional healing and modern medical technologies. Our MSc in Mecial Anthropology also provides specialist training in medical anthropology for both social/cultural anthropologists and trained health practitioners. Graduates of this programme will be equipped with the conceptual and methodological skills to engage with the broader debates and dilemmas of contemporary global health practices.

MSc in Nationalism Studies

Defining 'ethnicity' is only one part of this very problematic area, at a time when it has become clearer how broad and ramified a phenomenon nationalism is. It calls for a correspondingly broad programme of study, drawing in different disciplines and fields of thought. The MSc/Diploma in Nationalism Studies is essentially inter-disciplinary, designed to give students a broad view of nationalism and of its place in the arena of international relations.

LLM Human Rights (via School of Law)

The programme is designed to provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of international human rights law in its broader political context. There is a particular emphasis on the relationship between human rights and conflict resolution. You can explore the role of human rights globally and the international and domestic machinery that promotes and enforces rights, but also focus on how academic debates connect to the practice of human rights.

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