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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


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

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The application deadline for this programme is 5 July 2021.

Welcome from the Programme Directors

Dr Benjamin Martill and Dr Carmen Gebhard (

Welcome to the programme page for the MSc International and European Politics (IEP). This one-year Master of Science programme combines key aspects of International Relations with European Politics for students seeking to develop their academic profile or build a career in these fields.

The programme offers a foundation in European institutions, governance and public policy through its core courses and the opportunity to explore a range of subjects in IR and European studies through the course options. It also features the optional European Practitioner Pathway, which includes the option of a work-based placement and related research report and project diary in place of a traditional dissertation (NOTE: conditional on public health restrictions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic).

All students on the programme also have a guaranteed place on our annual study trip to Brussels, which involves visits to EU institutions, NATO, political consultancies and career focused networking events (NOTE: conditional on public health restrictions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic).

With our academic expertise, events and activities and student community all in the heart of Scotland’s capital, the University of Edinburgh is one of the most vibrant places to study European politics in an international and global context. Watch recent testimonials of IEP graduates.

You can find more information about the programme below and from the menu pages to the left. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can request a sample copy of a detailed programme handbook for your reference.

We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you to Edinburgh in 2020/21.