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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


MSc in Science and Technology in Society

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The application deadline for this programme is 6 July 2020.

A welcome from the Programme Director:

Join an innovative postgraduate degree on the shaping of science and emerging technologies by cultural, economic, political, and organisational factors!

Have you ever wondered: Who should we believe in the global warming controversy? Are drug companies acting in our best interests? Who should have a say in deciding whether a technology comes to market? What is the relationship between science and religious belief? Or Is the internet promoting democracy?

Science and technology are powerful agents of change in society. But government policies, economies, cultures and values also shape the development and direction of scientific research and technological innovation. The MSc in Science and Technology in Society examines the social, political and cultural aspects of science, technology and innovation.

This MSc programme provides a comprehensive introduction to the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (see our video below). It is intended for students wanting to develop a critical understanding of the role of science, technology and innovation in society. In addition, students develop their skills in research, analysis, writing and communication.

Who should take this programme?

This programme is ideally suited to students looking to enter a career in academia, science communication, policy and government, social research and analysis, and non-governmental organisations.

If you have any questions or would like further advice about entry, please contact the Programme Director: Dr Ronan Bolton.

More information about the Programme can be found by clicking on the links to the left of this page.

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.

Fees and Scholarships

There are a range of scholarship opportunities, including the Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarships and the UK/EU Masters scholarships. More information about these and other opportunites available here.

  • Full fees information, including part time fees, is available here.
  • Information on how to pay is available here.
  • Information on funding and scholarships is here.

Bologna Compatibility

Like all University of Edinburgh Masters programmes, the degree is fully Bologna compatible, and is recognised across Europe and beyond under the principles of the Bologna framework. The programme comprises 180 Edinburgh credits, which are equivalent to 90 ECTS credits.


Edinburgh4Learning offers an intuitive and easy to use funding information tool which allows students to search using a series of handy drop-down lists. Students can access the Edinburgh4Learning portal direct from the Scholarships and Student Funding Services website. Registration requires a valid university of Edinburgh e-mail address and in a matter of moments students can access numerous funding opportunities to help them during their studies.

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