School of Social and Political Science

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Our programmes

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Teaching and research excellence

Social Policy has been taught at the University of Edinburgh since 1918 and now, more than 100 years later, we’re still providing the highest-quality education to new generations of social policy students.

We're ranked in Europe’s top four and the world’s top 20 universities for social policy in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

At the core of our teaching is cutting-edge research, and training our students in high-quality research methods to enable them to perform their own analyses in their studies and beyond.

We have close relationships with the Scottish and UK governments, as well as European and global institutions – all of which provide opportunities to immerse in contemporary policy developments.

Our degrees

We offer a broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes leading to MA (Hons), MSc and PhD degrees.

Undergraduate degrees

Our mainstream undergraduate programme in Social Policy is taken jointly with other subjects, while the distinctive Government, Policy and Society allows students to choose a range of topics in the subject area and beyond.

Postgraduate degrees

Taught Masters programmes cover a range of welfare and related topics in Public Policy, with specialisms in Comparative Public Policy and Global Health Policy.

Our research degrees include the MSc by Research in Social and Political Science as well as PhD programmes in both Social Policy and Global Health Policy.