Postgraduate taught programmes
The School of Social and Political Science (SPS) is home to a community of more than over 500 postgraduate taught students, from all corners of the globe.
We offer a broad range of taught programmes - from professional training through to master’s degrees that are ideal preparation for further study and academic research.
Providing a meeting place for cultures and perspectives is a valuable part of the taught postgraduate experience that we offer to our students.
Learn more about our study options here.
Advanced Professional Studies - Mental Health Officer (MHO) Award
This programme is the postgraduate qualification for qualified social workers wanting to practise as mental health officers.
Africa and International Development
This programme will equip you with a combination of interdisciplinary, regional expertise with a critical knowledge of international development theory and practice.
Whether you plan to work in Africa, Europe, or beyond, the MSc in African Studies is your stepping stone to a critically engaged and research-informed career.
Comparative Public Policy
This programme will enable you to think critically, cleverly and creatively about comparative public policy, to understand the economic, political and social factors that influence nations’ responses […]
Digital Sociology provides a vital foundation for understanding how digital technologies and data are shaping our social institutions, social relations and everyday life.
Energy, Society and Sustainability (Via School of GeoSciences)
The world is facing an ‘energy trilemma’ - how can we achieve energy security, energy equity and environmental sustainability? This programme focuses on analysing the social, societal and […]
Global Challenges (Online Learning)
This programme uses a multidisciplinary approach drawing on a range of perspectives to explore the challenge of how seven billion people can live well on one planet.
Global Crime, Justice and Security
How can we build a safer, fairer world? This MSc brings together expertise from the School of Law and the School of Social and Political Science to examine the connected phenomena of crime, justice […]
Global Development Challenges
Global Development Challenges considers the increasing economic, social and political inequalities in many parts of the world, and the need for new ways of thinking about and addressing international […]
Global Environment, Politics and Society
This degree will provide you with knowledge and analytical tools to address global environmental challenges. It combines environmental politics and environmental sociology with normative philosophy.
Global Health Policy
The emerging field of global health has rapidly become central to foreign, trade and development agendas. This programme’s interdisciplinary, policy-focused approach prepares students for roles in […]
Global Health Policy (Online Learning)
This online programme provides students with the skills needed to play a leading role in the formulation of health policies at the national and transnational levels.
Global Mental Health and Society
What role does social science play in mental health and wellbeing? This interdisciplinary programme offers opportunities to develop critical perspectives on global mental health policy, practice and […]
This programme offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary health systems, preparing students for careers in policy, management, advocacy or further study.
Human Rights (via School of Law)
The programme provides a theoretical and practical understanding of international human rights law in its broader political context.
International and European Politics
Developed in response to the enormous political challenges facing our changing societies, this programme offers an advanced understanding of the contemporary world, drawing on international relations, […]
This programme looks at the challenges facing people, communities and institutions in the Global South.
International Development (Online Learning)
This online programme offers flexibility in the study of the challenges facing people, communities and institutions in the Global South.
International Political Theory
This programme equips students with the intellectual skills to analyse contemporary international affairs from a philosophically informed perspective, with a particular focus on their ethical […]
Our MSc International Relations looks at the pressing challenges and problems humanity faces in the international realm - war and peacebuilding, terrorism, power, diplomacy, climate change, trade, […]
International Relations of the Middle East
This programme offers an in-depth understanding of the main historical events, processes and actors that have shaped and continue to shape the political dynamics of the Middle East.
International Relations of the Middle East With Arabic
This MSc is a unique opportunity to study the international relations of the Middle East and the chief language of this fascinating area over two years.
Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation and Governance
This MSc programme looks at how to respond to the challenges of the rapidly growing bioeconomy. It gives students the core knowledge and skills to compete in a rapidly evolving and highly skilled […]
Master of Social Work
This programme will equip you with all the practical and theoretical skills necessary for professional recognition by the Scottish Social Services Council and the General Social Care Council.
This MSc provides an advanced understanding of health, illness, and medicine in different social and cultural settings. It provides specialist training in medical anthropology for both social/cultural […]
This interdisciplinary programme is designed to give students a broad view of nationalism and of its place in the arena of international relations.
The MSc Public Policy covers both the theories and approaches to understanding and engaging with policy work, as well as applying these theories and approaches to policy making in a practice-oriented […]
Science and Technology in Society
This interdisciplinary programme examines the social, political and cultural dimensions of science, technology and innovation.
This degree offers an intensive introduction to contemporary social anthropology. It is primarily a conversion course intended for graduates with little or no previous training in anthropology.
This degree will provide students with an understanding of the key techniques and approaches involved in research in the social sciences.