Our Parliamentary programme allows you to study with MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.
The Parliamentary Programme is worth 70 credits in Semester 1 and Semester 2, and 50 credits in the Summer. Please check with your study abroad office regarding the transfer of these credits back to your home institution.
You can select from two semester programmes, each lasting fifteen weeks, or the summer programme lasting nine weeks.
04 September – 15 December 2017
15 January – 27 April 2018
28 May – 27 July 2018
Students complete academic courses which are classroom based, and a research project supervised by a member of the Scottish Parliament and an academic from the Academy of Government.
As far as possible, we aim to match up the interests and political allegiances of the programme participant and MSP, in order to provide the most fruitful experience for both. You will have study space in the Parliament Building as well as an academic base in the Academy of Government.
Previous research project topics have included:
"Does Class Structure Explain Poverty and Social Inequality in Scotland?"
"Type 2 Diabetes: Preventative Strategies in Scotland"
"Women in Scottish Renewables: Breaking Down the Barriers to Success"
Admission to the programme is highly selective and will be restricted to no more than twenty students in any semester (no more than ten students for Summer).
To be eligible students must meet strict entry requirements:
For more information on the application process, including application deadlines and a step-by-step guide check out:
For further information about the Parliamentary programme please check the dedicated website:
Some students combine the Parliamentary programme with a semester as a Study Abroad student. If you would like to do this, read more about the Study Abroad Programme and contact us to discuss your options: