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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

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 are the courses 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 November or December, around three months after you submit your dissertation.

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