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

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When can I study?

You can select from two semester programmes, each lasting fifteen weeks:

Semester dates 2014/15
Semester OneSeptember - December1 Sep - 12 Dec
Semester Two January - April12 Jan - 24 April
Summer programme dates 2014/15
Start date26 May 2014
End date25 July 2014

For fees and further details about the summer programme please see:


Students complete three academic courses which are classroom based, followed by a research project supervised by a member of the Scottish Parliament and an academic from the Institute of Governance.

You will have study space in the Parliament Building as well as an academic base in the Institute of Governance.

I just can't get over how much my perspective has changed in a mere 15 weeks ... I had the most wonderful experience and coming here was the best decision I ever made.

Naser Javaid

Supervised by Jamie McGrigor, MSP

Number of places available

Enrolment in the programme is highly selective and will be restricted to no more than twenty students in any semester.

Entry Requirements

To be eligible students must have completed at least two years of study at their home institution and must have completed 3-4 political science courses at university level.

English Language requirements

The UK Home Office no longer accepts TOEFL-iBT for visa purposes

If you need to apply for a visa to study in Edinburgh, you must take a different secure English language test in support of your application.

Non UK students who don't need to apply for a visa are still able to present the TOEFL-iBT to prove English language level.

Full fluency in English is a prerequisite as students will often answer telephones, take notes, and write letters, briefing papers, press releases and reports.

  • IELTS 8.0 overall, with a minimum of 8.0 in each component
  • iBT-TOEFL 110 overall, with a minimum of 27 in each component

Tuition Fees 2014 - 2015

  • £6,675 for semester one or semester two

Further information

For further information about the Parliamentary Programme please link to the dedicated website:

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.

Everyone here has been friendly and engaging. The MSPs and staff received me very warmly, and I had fun both in and out of the office

Seth Korman

Supervised by Colin Campbell, MSP

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