Research course

Social Policy

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

Social Policy has been taught in Edinburgh since 1918 and is well established within the School of Social & Political Science. Edinburgh is the leading centre for social policy research in Scotland and one of the leading centres of postgraduate education and training in social policy in the UK.

Our Social Policy group is one of the most respected in the UK and among the best for the quality of its teaching and research.

We offer postgraduate supervision across the whole subject range, with particular expertise in comparative social policy, welfare reform, labour market policy, health policy, childhood studies, family policy and education policy.

Department specialisms

Comparative social policy work, economy and welfare; state, governance and welfare; childhood and family studies; socio-legal studies

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0)131 651 3064/5074