Studying at SPS
At the School of Social and Political Science, we give our students the platform to understand the world and be part of influencing positive change.
Across all our programmes of undergraduate and postgraduate study, students are encouraged to question the social, political and technological systems and structures that surround us.
Our teaching staff are some of the world’s leading experts in their fields. They bring their research into the classroom, so students’ education benefits from the latest findings. And they are dedicated to supporting the next generation of professionals and academics, to continue their work in exploring social and political life.
Learn more here about our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across all our subject areas.
Proposed new courses
New MSc programme - Heritage, Data, Futures
The Edinburgh Futures Institute would like to hear your views on a potential new postgrduate programme, MSc Heritate, Data, Futures.
New CPD/short courses in Data Science in Health, Care and Social Services
We would like to hear your views on potential new CPD/short courses in Data Science in Health, Care and Social Services.
Undergraduate degree programmes
We offer a range of undergraduate programmes across our subject areas. Choose from single or joint honours with options to suit your ambitions.
Postgraduate taught programmes
Our taught postgraduate programmes enhance graduates and professionals’ knowledge and career options, equipping you to tackle some of the greatest modern challenges.
Subject area content
Centre of African Studies
The University of Edinburgh has an important and long historical connection with Africa, and the Centre of African Studies (CAS) is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of Africa.
Politics and International Relations (PIR)
We produce influential research that directly informs policymakers, ministers and NGOs in several key areas, including constitutional change, human rights, data privacy, public policy and electoral reform.
Science, Technology and Innovation Studies
Our department has an international reputation as a leading centre of excellence in science and technology studies, established through the legacies of the Science Studies Unit and the Research Centre for Social Sciences.
Social Anthropology is a dynamic, growing and engaged collective of scholars asking urgent anthropological questions about key challenges facing us in the contemporary world.
We're a group of teachers and researchers concerned with all the things people and societies do, and don't do, to look after each other; in Scotland, across the UK and Europe, and around the world.
One of the oldest social work departments in the UK, Social Work at the University of Edinburgh has been ranked the UK's number one for the third year in a row in the Complete University Guide 2021 league table.