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School of Social and Political Science: Undergraduate study




Politics is about power, people, institutions and the nature of the just society. It is a dynamic subject area, rapidly and constantly evolving and affecting the lives of everyone. At the University of Edinburgh, we are at the forefront of politics, influencing, advising, informing and debating public policy at Scottish, UK, European and international levels.

Study with us, and you'll receive an in-depth understanding of political theory, public policy and politics both within and among nations.

Drawing on the expertise of leading academics and researchers in their field, you'll explore the origins and present-day contexts of power and international conflicts, understand the processes of governance and consider the morality of political action, the boundaries of freedom and the limits of justice.

The MA (Hons) Politics offers comprehensive training for a professional career in government or public policy. Recent graduates have also gone on to develop successful careers in business, journalism, education and within non-profit organisations.

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