Taught course

Social Research

University of Edinburgh · School of Social and Political Science

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is designed to provide a firm grounding in the theory, philosophy and methods of social research, as well as opportunities to develop an area of substantive interest within the social sciences.

This programme combines compulsory training in a combination of quantitative and qualitative social research skills with the essentials of research design; you’ll graduate with an in-depth understanding of the key issues, approaches and techniques of research in the social sciences, and the ability to conduct quality social research of value to the public, policymakers, professionals, and the academic community.

Practical application of your skills is also a priority, and you will have the option to base your dissertation on work-based experience.

Recognised as research training by the Economic and Social Research Council, the programme is also eligible for the Open Societies Foundation grant scheme.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at: http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
12-24 months

Course contact details

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