Study abroad in Edinburgh

Parliamentary programme

Our Parliamentary programme allows you to study with MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.

Study length
You can choose to study in either Semester 1, Semester 2 or during the Summer.

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.

Unique Experience
A split programme including university study and an internship. You'll be placed as an intern with a member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP). This is a unique opportunity to be part of policy making, research and ministerial activity. The courses you will take during the programme are:
  • Government and Politics in the United Kingdom (Semester 1 & 2 only)
  • Scottish Politics
  • Scottish Society and Culture
  • Research Project
As long as you meet the deadline, you'll be guaranteed to receive an offer of university accommodation. All participants on the Parliamentary Programme are housed together in accommodation near the Scottish Parliament and Academy of Government. 
Please note that accommodation fees are not included in the Parliamentary Programme tuition fee.

Study dates & Tuition fees

You can select from two semester programmes, each lasting fifteen weeks, or the summer programme lasting nine weeks.


Semester 1

04 September – 15 December 2017               


Semester 2

15 January – 27 April 2018

Summer programme

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"

Number of places available

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).

Entry requirements

To be eligible students must meet strict entry requirements:

Entry Requirements

How can I apply?

For more information on the application process, including application deadlines and a step-by-step guide check out:

How to apply

Further information

For further information about the Parliamentary programme please check the dedicated website:

Academy of Government

Want to stay for a full year?

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:

Study Abroad programme

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