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Social and Political Science MScR

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Politics Social Sciences

Course type


Course Summary

This Masters by Research degree will give you the necessary skills through a structured programme of research training. Masters by Research (MScR) is different from our other taught Masters degrees in that, typically, taught degrees have more focus on subject-relevant substantive topics rather than acquiring the skills to undertake advanced research, which is the focus of this Masters by Research degree. Our expertise and interests range across the following subject areas: African Studies; Global Health Policy; International Development; Medical Anthropology; Politics and International Relations; Social and Public Policy; Social Anthropology; Social Work; Sociology; Socio-cultural Studies; South Asian Studies. The MScR includes compulsory courses that cover core research training skills around data collection, data analysis and research design. It also offers the opportunity to develop your own interests within the framework of workshops and courses offered by subject areas, as well as the professional skills workshops offered by our Student Development Office. These also cover the dissertation that forms a key part of the degree. You will join the lively research community and participate in regular seminars and workshops. Frequent seminars and lectures by visiting scholars provide opportunities for contacts beyond the University. By the end of this year, you will have completed a full research proposal.

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Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 1 year | 09-SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, and a UK masters degree with an overall mark of 65%, or its international equivalent.

University information

Inspiring the world since 1583 The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world's top 50 ( Times Higher Education World Rankings) and placed 18th in the 2019 QS World University Rankings. Their entrepreneurial and cross-disciplinary culture attracts not only students but also staff from 140 countries, which creates a unique Edinburgh experience. The University provides a stimulating...more