Research course

Canadian Studies

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 undergraduate degree or its international equivalent. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

We offer opportunities to develop research projects that focus directly on Canada or study Canada in relation to broader research on the Arctic, Scotland, the UK, Europe, North America and developing regions. Our interdisciplinary approach provides opportunities for joint supervision with experts from across the University.

The Centre of Canadian Studies (CCS) is internationally recognised as a leading European centre for the interdisciplinary study of Canada.

The Centre has particular strengths in the following research areas:

  • Aboriginal politics, society and culture
  • Language politics
  • Multilevel and circumpolar governance
  • Multiculturalism
  • Nationalism
  • Constitutional studies
  • Deliberative democracy
  • Canadian social movements
  • Canadian politics
  • Comparative public policy in Canada, UK and Europe
  • Comparative research on Canada, Africa and South Asia
  • Comparative research on Canada and Scotland

We offer doctoral co-supervision with specialists in politics and international relations, sociology, social policy, social anthropology, social work, history, Celtic and Scottish studies, English literature and law.

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)131 651 5074