School of Social and Political Science

Get ready for postgraduate study

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If you want to start preparing for academic life as a postgraduate student here in SPS, take a look at some of these helpful resources below.

 

School resources

Learning and Academic Skills Handbook

Learning and Academic Skills Handbook for MSc students

Academic writing course

The School offer academic writing course in the first few weeks of the semester.

Workshops and events

Institute for Academic Development

The University's Institute for Academic Development (IAD) supports students and staff across the University in their teaching, learning and research. They offer a range of pre-arrival and on-programme resources and workshops specifically for postgraduate students.

For postgraduate students, more targeted information can be found on the IAD Postgraduate Students webpages

Welcome Week (Postgraduate Taught)

We strongly recommend all our students participate in the welcome events organised by the School and the University. These give you the opportunity to hear key information, meet key staff members, and get to know your peers.

SPS Postgraduate Taught Welcome Events

SPS Postgraduate Taught Welcome Meeting

Tuesday 12th September 2023, 10 am - 11 am
Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre, 32 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH

The Director of Learning and Teaching will lead the SPS Postgraduate Taught Welcome Meeting to introduce you to your journey within this School. This will include presentations from other relevant School and University departments who will support you on your journey.

Each Postgraduate Director will provide an in-person welcome event to provide programme-specific information as detailed below:

Title of event Date Time Room   PD/presenter
MSc Africa and International Development - Programme Welcome  Wednesday,  13th September 2023 10:00 - 11:00 BST Lister Learning and Teaching Centre 2.3 Nelson Oppong
MSc Comparative Public Policy  Tuesday, 12th September 2023 13:00 - 14:00 BST Robson Building, Lecture Theatre G.04 Markus Ketola
MSc Digital Sociology - Programme Welcome Meeting  Tuesday, 12th September 2023 14:00-16:00 BST 40 George Square, LG.07 Teaching Studio Faye Wade & Chris Barrie
MSc Global Environment Politics and Society - Programme Welcome Meeting  Wednesday, 13th September 2023 11:30 - 12:30 BST 50 George Square G.05 Darrick Evensen 
MSc Global Health Policy - Programme Welcome Meeting  Wednesday, 13th September 2023 11:00 - 13:00 BST 50 George Square G.06 Nason Maani
MSc International and European Politics - Programme Welcome Meeting  Wednesday, 13th September 2023 11:00 -12:00 BST Lister Learning and Teaching Centre 2.3 Ben Martill & Adam Chalmers
MSc International Development - Programme Welcome Meeting Wednesday, 13th September 2023 12:00 -13:30 BST Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 3 Amir Anwar
MSc International Relations - Programme Welcome Meeting Wednesday, 13th September 2023 10:00 - 11:30 BST Appleton Tower 2.14 Lucy Abbott & Manolis Kalaitzake
MSc Middle East in Global Politics- Programme Welcome Meeting  Wednesday, 13th September 2023 13:00-14:00 BST Lister Learning and Teaching Centre 3.1 Nida Alahmad
MSc Medical Anthropology - Programme Welcome Meeting Wednesday, 13th September 2023 11:00 - 12:00 BST Lister Learning and Teaching Centre 2.1 Stefan Ecks
MSc Nationalism in a Global Perspective - Programme Welcome Meeting Wednesday, 13th September 2023 13:30 - 14:00 BST Lister Learning and Teaching Centre 2.2 Gezimn Krasniqi & Karlo Basta
MSc Public Policy - Programme Welcome Meeting  Tuesday, 12th September 2023 13:00 - 14:00 BST Robson Building, Lecture Theatre G.04 Jay Wiggan 
MSc Science and Technology in Society - Programme Welcome  Wednesday, 13th September 2023 10:00 - 13:00 BST Seminar Room, Old Surgeon's Hall Eugenia Rodrigues
MSc Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance Wednesday, 13th September 2023 10:00-13:00 BST Seminar Room, Old Surgeon's Hall Farah Huzair
MSc Social Anthropology - Programme Welcome Meeting  Wednesday, 13th September 2023 10:00-11:00 BST Lister Learning and Teaching Centre G.13 Casey High 
MSc Social Research Programme And Social Research with Quantitative Methods Programme Welcome Meeting  Wednesday, 13th September 2023 09:30-10:30 BST Chrystal MacMillan Building, Seminar Room 1 & 2 Carin Runciman
Master of Social Work (MSW) - Programme Welcome Meeting  Wednesday, 13th September 2023 09:30-12:30 BST 1 George Square, Gaddum Lecture Theatre (G.8) Mary Mitchell
MSc Global Mental Health and Society - Programme Welcome Meeting  Wednesday, 13th September 2023 15:00-17:00 BST Lister Learning and Teaching Centre G.13 Sumeet Jain 
MSc Sociology and Global Change Wednesday, 13th September 2023 11:00 - 12:00 BST Meadows Lecture Theatre G.07 (Medical School - Teviot) Liliana Riga
MSc International Development Online Programme Welcome Talk Wednesday, 13th September 2023 15:00 - 17:00 BST Online - A link will be sent to you. Thabani Mutambasere
MSc Sustainable African Futures Online Programme Welcome Talk Wednesday, 13th September 2023 14:00 - 15:00 BST Online - A link will be sent to you. Ian Russell
MSc Global Challenges Online Programme Welcome Talk Tuesday, 12th September 2023 11:00 - 12:00 BST Online - A link will be sent to you. Sam Spiegel

 

You can also download the UoE Events App, and view the New Students website for full access to University-wide events and resources.

Welcome Week (Postgraduate Research)

We strongly recommend all our students participate in the welcome events organised by the School and the University. These give you the opportunity to hear key information, meet key staff members, and get to know your peers.

SPS Postgraduate Research Welcome Events

 

SPS Postgraduate Research Orientation Day

Thursday 14th September 2023, 9 am - 5 pm
Seminar Rooms 1 & 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH


Each Postgraduate Advisor (PGA) will provide an in-person welcome event to provide subject area specific information.

The Director of Postgraduate Research Programmes will lead an interactive PhD Orientation Day to introduce you to your PhD journey within this School. This will include presentations from other relevant School and University departments who will support you on your journey.

Title of event Date Time Room   PGA/presenter
Centre for African Studies (CAS) – PGR Welcome Meeting  Wed 13 September 23 10:00 - 11:00 BST Lister Learning and Teaching Centre 1.1 Kevin Donovan
Centre for South Asian Studies (CSAS) - PGR Welcome Meeting Wed 13 September 23 11:00 - 12:00 BST Lister Learning and Teaching Centre 1.1 Jeevan Sharma
Global Public Health Unit (GPHU) - PGR Welcome Meeting Wed 13 September 23 11:00 - 12:30 BST Chrystal MacMillan Building, Seminar Room 4 Elke Heins
International Development (ID) - PGR Welcome Meeting Wed 13 September 23 11:00 - 12:00 BST Chrystal MacMillan Building, Seminar Room 5 Jean-Benoit Falisse
Politics & International Relations (PIR) - PGR Welcome Meeting Wed 13 September 23 10:00 - 11:00 BST Chrystal MacMillan Building, Seminar Room 4 Oliver Turner
Social Anthropology - PGR Welcome Meeting Wed 13 September 23 11:30 - 12:30 BST Chrystal MacMillan Building, Seminar Room 2 Tom Boylston
Social Policy - PGR Welcome Meeting Wed 13 September 23 11:00 - 12:00 BST Chrystal MacMillan Building, Seminar Room 4 Elke Heins
Social Work - PGR Welcome Meeting Mon 18 September 23 10:00 - 12:00 BST Conference Room 2.15, CMB Robin Sen
Sociology & Socio-Cultural Studies - PGR Welcome Meeting Wed 13 September 23 12:30 - 13:30 BST Chrystal MacMillan Building, Seminar Room 2 Liliana Riga
SPS - Master by Research Welcome Meeting Wed 13 September 23 14:00 - 15:00 BST Lister Learning and Teaching Centre 1.1 Andrew Neal
Science, Technology and Innovation Studies PGR Welcome Session Fri 22 September 23 10:00 - 11:00 BST Seminar Room, Old Surgeon's Hall James Mittra

 

You can also download the UoE Events App, and view the New Students website for full access to University-wide events and resources.

 

Semester dates 2023-24

Semester 1 for the academic year 2023-2024 runs:

  • Monday 18 September 2023 - Thursday 23 December 2022

Semester 2 for the academic year 2023-2024 runs:

  • Monday 15 January 2024 - Friday 24 May 2024

Full year semester dates

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