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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 13th July 2018.

Welcome from the Director

mrosieThe world around us is changing at a tremendous pace, and nationalism is central to those changes.  National identities, ideologies and interests give shape to current economic and environmental crises, to diverse religious and ethnic conflicts, to the development of democracies and dictatorships, and to quests for cultural achievement and recognition.

Nationalism 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.  Yet we know that nationalism engenders conflict and oppression elsewhere in the world.  Thus having one kind of nationalism on our doorstep stimulates our comparative thinking, and hopefully will do the same for you if you come to study with us.

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

Best wishes,

Dr Michael Rosie

Programme Director, MSc in Nationalism Studies

Tel: +44 (0)131 651 1651

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.

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 

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 Programme Director with any further queries.

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