Research course

Science and Technology Studies

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science
MSc by researchPhD

Entry requirements

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.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

The University of Edinburgh has an international reputation as a leading centre of research in science and technology studies (STS).

Edinburgh scholars work around the globe on the social and historical aspects of developments in science and technology. Particular strengths in research include:

  • the history and philosophy of science
  • the social shaping of technology
  • the history of medicine
  • the politics of controversies and public engagement with science and technology
  • science, technology and gender
  • the sociology of financial markets and emissions trading schemes
  • innovation in biotechnology and the life sciences
  • the development and use of information and communication technologies
  • innovation for sustainability
  • science and technology in developing countries

Information for international students

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Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)131 651 5074/1560