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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school



The MSc in Policy Studies can be used as a gateway to a range of employment opportunities and further study.  A survey of previous graduates of the MSc in Policy Studies and the MSc in Comparative Public Policy found that, within six months, students had gone on to employment in the Scottish Executive, in social research, in a housing association, in local government, and in other public and private sector bodies.  One had taken up a voluntary position within the EC delegation in New York.  

From other students who keep in touch we know that our students go on to occupy positions in the civil service, think tanks, NGOs, as well as taking the opportunity to pursue further study at doctoral level and to take up internships. 

To find out more about some of our recent graduates and what they went on to do, go to our page of interviews with previous graduates.

All students have access to the Edinburgh University Careers Service during the programme. The service provides both general and specific guidance on career options, runs career fairs, talks and training sessions, offers assistance with a CV, applications forms and interview preparation, and helps in exploring further study options. Appointments can be arranged on the day or in advance online. You can access the service by dropping in to the third floor of the Main Library on George Square, calling 0131 650 4670, or having a look at their website (

Image: Stairwell, Chilehaus, Hamburg, Germany. ©Andy Aitchison 2005.