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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


MSc in Nationalism Studies

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The application deadline for this programme is 6 July 2020.

Welcome from the Co-Directors

NationGKalism is implicated in social conflict and chauvinism, but also in constructive efforts at meaningful collective self-determination.  Whether it is experienced as part of the common sense of everyday life, or as a heightened form of feeling and belief, it is almost inescapable.  That is why we think it is imperative to understand it as best we can.

Here at Edinburgh we have a unique perspective on this subject, one that drives our interest in it.  Scotland has its own version and vision of nationalism, one that led to the (re-)stablishment of a Scottish Parliament in 1999, reviving national-level democratic institutions.  It is a nationalism with deep cultural and historical roots, but one that develops largely through constitutional and civil forms of politics. Scotland is, of course, part of the United Kingdom and thus other forms of nationalism are also at play, not least after the 'Brexit' referendum of 2016 that looks set to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union.

Edinburgh is, then, a beautiful and inspiring city to consider questions on the relationship between 'nation' and 'state', on how we answer 'who are the people', and how we know who does, and who does not, 'belong' to any particular nation or state.

Whilst the nationalisms at play in Scotland are democratic and constitutional, we know that nationalism engenders conflict, violence and oppression elsewhere - including neighbouring Ireland.  Thus having a variety of nationalisms on our very doorstep stimulates our comparative thinking, and hopefully will do the same for you.

The programme has two core courses - on Theories and Theorists and on Comparative Perspectives. Students then choose from a very extensive suite of courses, including Programme-led courses on Nations anProgramme Directord Nationalism and Ethnopolitical Conflict, and associated courses on Race & Ethnicity, Globalisation and many others.

Please explore these pages, and get in touch if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,

Dr Gëzim Krasniqi & Dr Michael Rosie

Programme Co-Director, MSc in Nationalism Studies

Enquiries to:

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 1651 (Skype: dr.michael.rosie)

Our broader community

We are very proud to be part of a broader, active and vibrant community of nationalism students and scholars. From 2017 this has been focussed around the first 'regional' branch of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism - ASEN Edinburgh. The 20ASEN Ed18 ASEN conference in London - a key international meeting of leading academics in the study of nations and nationalism -  saw 13 presentations from Edinburgh, including 8 from our Nationalism Studies Programme students. Please follow our work and our events @ASENEdinburgh

How to Apply

Further guidance on how to apply and entry requirements, etc. is available on the Graduate School website. Please feel free to contact the Dr Michael Rosie with any further queries.

Working Papers in Nationalism Studies

We are proud to showcase the very best of our students' dissertation work in our series of Working Papers in Nationalism Studies. Each working paper is an unedited version of a dissertation submitted by one of our students as part of their normal degree programme and which we believe deserves a wider audience. You'll find the working papers here.

For further information on the series please contact the Working Papers editor, Dr Michael Rosie at 

Placement-Based Dissertation

The MSc in Nationalism Studies offers the possibility of undertaking a work-based project with local, national and international organisations as part of the MSc dissertation. These work-based dissertations offer a unique opportunity to partner with organisations worldwide. They enable students to apply academic training to real-world problems. Placements feature eight weeks of on-location research with a host organisation. Our extensive network of partners includes NGOs, charities, social enterprise, think-tanks and government bodies, ensuring a rewarding student experience. More information can be found here.


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