Research course

Social Policy (Masters by Research)

University of Edinburgh · Social Policy
MSc by research

Entry requirements

For admission to postgraduate study, applicants are usually expected to hold (or to be in the process of completing) an undergraduate degree with grades, equivalent to a UK honours degree at upper second class (2:1) level or its international equivalent, usually in a discipline related to the proposed area of study.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme provides a structured programme of research training in social policy research. Some students apply to take this MSc by Research as a stand alone degree, while others use it as the first year of an integrated MSc/PhD programme in Social Policy. It has been designed to train students in research skills.
The curriculum comprises of four research training courses from the doctoral programme, two substantive courses in social policy that are of particular relevance to the student's background and interests, and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Department specialisms

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

Qualification and course duration

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team
+44 (0) 131 651 3244