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The MSc Policy Studies focuses on analysing the activities of government, especially those policies relating to the welfare state.
For full details, please see the programme website:
The academic entry requirement is a UK Bachelor Honours degree with at least 2:1 or its international equivalent.
An official transcript and certificate (if the degree has been awarded) is required upon application. References are not required upon initial application but may be requested at a later stage in the application process.
Where work experience is taken into consideration, an up-to-date CV and work reference is required.
All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English.
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In this well-established programme, you’ll focus on analysing the activities of government, especially those policies relating to the welfare state.
You’ll develop an advanced understanding of political, economic and social contexts of policy-making, and be trained in the skills needed to analyse and research policy decisions and outcomes.
The programme is popular internationally, and you’ll study in a setting where students from various backgrounds learn from the policy experience of their own and each other’s nations.
As a recently devolved polity, Scotland is an exciting place to observe contemporary developments in government, and Edinburgh hosts democratic institutions that will inform your studies.
The programme will be delivered through lectures, seminars, group work and guided independent study.
You will complete two compulsory courses and four optional courses over two semesters, after which you will work towards an independently researched dissertation.
Graduates will obtain:
For anyone who intends to work in policy-relevant professions, this degree provides a recognised qualification that can lead to an enhanced range of employment opportunities and further study.
Past students have gone on to employment in the Scottish Government, social research, housing associations, local government, and in other public and private sector bodies, both locally and internationally.
You will develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.
Please see Scholarships and Student Funding Services for information about funding opportunities:
This article was published on Aug 21, 2013