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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


MSc Placement-Based Dissertations

MSc Placement-Based Dissertations

Graduate students on selected MSc programmes are eligible to apply to complete an 8-10 week online research project with an external organisation. During this placement, students will undertake a specific, short-term research assignment, which will then inform their MSc dissertation.  For the academic year 2020/21 research projects with UK and international partners will take place on an online basis only.  Current University guidance prohibits students travelling overseas for on-site projects with organisations.

Eligible programmes:

  • Africa and International Development
  • Comparative Public Policy
  • Global Environment, Politics and Society
  • Global Health Policy
  • Global Mental Health and Society
  • Health Policy
  • International and European Politics
  • International Development (on-campus & online)
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Public Policy
  • Science and Technology in Society
  • Social Research
  • Sociology and Global Change

The Work Placement Advisor based in the Study and Work Away service in Edinburgh Global coordinates this activity and works closely with members of staff in the School of Social and Political Science. 

Putting Learning into Practice

Placement-based dissertations provide excellent opportunities for students to think through theoretical ideas in real-world contexts and to gain transferable skills through applied, practical experience with host organisations. 

Students can either:

  • Choose from projects that have been organised by the University of Edinburgh (advertised-placements)


  • Propose and arrange their placement - following consultation with their Programme Director and the Work Placement Advisor (student-led placements) 

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