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
Socio-cultural studies attracts people with social science backgrounds who wish to work on interdisciplinary topics, and also those from an arts or humanities background who want to gain skills and experience in social research.
Our PhD students can apply to the Arts & Humanities Research Council and some have already been successful in applications for doctoral research funding to the AHRC.
The MSc by Research in Socio-Cultural Studies may be taken as a stand-alone, one-year course or as a stepping stone to the PhD. It offers training in a range of qualitative methods.
Indicative courses include:
- Documents of Life
- Research Design
- Data Analysis
- Sources & Approaches for Historical Research
- Research Methods in Literatures, Languages & Cultures
- Research Design in Geography
- Explanation & Understanding in Social & Political Research
- Contemporary Social Theory
- Ethical & Political Issues in Social & Political Research
The dissertation element of the degree can take the form of either a small piece of independent research or a detailed proposal for a PhD.
Information for international students
To find out about the support offered to international students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit our website
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
MSc by research
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Team
- +44 (0)131 651 3064