School of Social and Political Science

Graduate School Support Team


The Graduate School of Social and Political Science is an interdisciplinary hub providing advanced postgraduate education and training in the social sciences.

It forms the postgraduate division of the School of Social and Political Science. The Graduate School has two Deputy Directors who are responsible for:

  • Taught Masters programmes: Dr Stefan Ecks
  • Research degrees: Dr Steve Kirkwood


The Graduate School Office is located on the 1st floor of the Chrystal Macmillan Building (room 1.20) and is normally open from 09:30-16:30 Monday to Friday.

It provides an accessible point of personal contact for new enquiries and for existing students.

Contact Details

General enquiries


Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5122

Taught student enquiries


Research student enquiries


Admissions enquires

Including how to apply.


Student Support Team

Our student support officers are responsible for:

  • special circumstances
  • programme handbooks
  • DPT updates
  • Leaves of Absence, concessions and withdrawals
  • Engagement and attendance monitoring support
  • Progression and Awarding Boards of Examiners

Subject Area


PIR programmes / Social Policy programmes / MSc in Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance / MSc in Science and Technology in Society Kasia Mazurkiewicz

CAS and International Development programmes / Social and Medical Anthropology / Social Work and Sociology programmes

Noureen Ehsan

MSc (Taught and Research) on-campus students

MSc (Taught) and MSc (by Research) students can also contact their Course Administrator.

Subject Area


Team leader - PGT Programme Support Team (taught courses/programmes) / Administrator of MSc Digital Society Gillian MacDonald

MSc Global Environment, Politics, and Society / MSc International and European Politics / MSc International Political Theory / MSc International Relations / MSc International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic/Advanced Arabic /   MSc International Relations of the Middle East / PG Advanced Professional Studies (MHO)

Casey Behringer
MSc Africa and International Development / MSc African Studies / MSc International Development / MSc Medical Anthropology / MSc Social Anthropology Lauren Henderson
Master of Social Work / MSc Nationalism Studies / MSc Sociology and Global Change / MSc Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance / MSc Science and Technology in Society Dave Nicol

MSc Comparative Public Policy / MSc Global Health Policy /   MSc Health Policy / MSc Public Policy / MSc Social Research

Cath Thompson
MSc by Research programmes  Anne Brechin

Online Learning Students

Subject Area


MSc Global Challenges / MSc Global Health Policy / MSc International Development / PG Certificate in Africa and International Development / PG Certificate in Global Development Challenges / PG Certificate in Making Use of Digital Research

Maria Brichs

PhD students

Please email: or phone: +44(0)131 651 5070

Toni Jenkins is the Postgraduate Research Support Officer .

Postgraduate admissions in SPS

For general questions about postgraduate admissions, including how to apply:

hone: +44 (0)131 651 5074

SPS admissions staff

Student Development Office

The SPS Student Development Office delivers:

  • skills training
  • career development
  • placement opportunities
  • knowledge exchange

These opportunities are open to students on both taught and research programmes. The Student Development team are located in room 1.14 in the Chrystal Macmillan Building.

To find out more about the workshops and placement-based dissertations you can either drop by their office or visit our Student Development Hub.

Student category