Research course

Science and Technology Studies (Masters by Research)

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

Entry requirements

Normally a good honours degree (2:1 or equivalent). Candidates from a wide range of subject areas may be considered, including science, engineering, social sciences, humanities, management, but normally students with no background in STS would be expected to take one of the taught Masters programmes.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc(R) Science and Technology Studies is aimed at students who intend to pursue a research career, within or outside academia, in this interdisciplinary field. Coursework combines a general training in social science research methods with a selection from the core and option courses available in the taught MSc STS or STPM. For students progressing to a PhD, the dissertation at the end of the MSc(R) normally takes the form of a full research proposal and/or pilot study in preparation for the empirical part of their doctoral research.

Information for international students

Various of funding opportunities for international students, including British Council, Chevening and several sources specifically for students from African countries: see

Fees and funding

Various funding opportunities for UK, EU and international students: see

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Social and Political Science
0131 651 1778