School of Social and Political Science

Social Policy


Jennie Gollan

MA Social Policy and Politics

I’m taking European Social Policy, International Cooperation in Europe & Beyond, Introduction to Criminology, Social & Political Enquiry, Social & Political Theory and Scotland: Society & Politics. 

After attending an open day, I was really impressed by the School of Social and Political Science. I chose my degree because I think that policy making is both hugely interesting and important. It’s a great degree as both subjects are so current and affect our everyday lives.

I chose Edinburgh because of the variety of courses offered, especially the wide range of Social Policy courses available to study in third and fourth year.   Each semester I’ve tried to pick an optional course which is a bit different, while still being relevant to my degree, in order to give me a more rounded education.   My favourite course so far has been European Social Policy, which I studied in the first semester of second year. I really enjoyed learning about the different models of welfare, and seeing the application of these models in different European countries.  

In the future, I’d like to use my degree to get a job involved in either policy making or charity management.


Living in Edinburgh

Edinburgh is a genuinely exciting place to live. My favourite thing about living here is the amount of history around the city, as well as history in the making with the Scottish Parliament and the upcoming Independence Referendum, which make Edinburgh a really special place to study and live.

I found it very easy to settle in here, everyone was so friendly and welcoming. There are also great facilities available if you do struggle a little, such as Night Line.

I stayed in university accommodation, Fraser Court, in my first year, which I really enjoyed. There was a great buzz about the place with so many students around, which made it really easy to meet people.  

It's a great hub for students and there is always something going on to get involved in.

In my second year I got to know more people through student societies. I became an active member of the CoppaFeel! Society, which is a charity raising awareness of breast cancer. I’ve loved working with everyone involved.

The most important advice I could give to any future students is to take up all opportunities, because getting involved, either academically or socially, is what makes student life so fun and exciting!

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