Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Work-based placements

The University of Edinburgh is committed to providing students with work-based placements to apply their skills and knowledge, and improve their employability.

Student placement illustration

Students can apply to undertake a work-based placement within the department by:

  • applying through their academic school or course
  • directly apply to the department to undertake one of the current opportunities
  • by submitting your own idea for a work-based placement.

We also offer research placements for students to examine specific areas of policy and practice as part of their degree.

We work in partnership with the Making the Most of Masters project which aims to provide opportunities for masters students to undertake work based projects. All of our work-based placement opportunities will be promoted through this project.

Academic schools and courses

School of social and political science

Graduate students undertaking taught MSc courses in the school are invited to apply for eight week work-based projects during semester two.

School of social and political science

Business school

Working with the Business School we offer graduate students a range of opportunities to undertake research and consultancy projects.

Business school

MSc Science communication and public engagement

Our department provides eight week placements during both semester one and two for students with an interest in science education and policy development.

MSc Science communication and public engagement

MSc Carbon Management

Students can select from a range of research projects with the aim of making the University more sustainable.

MSc Carbon management

Current opportunities

If you'd like to be notified when opportunities become available, please fill in your email address below.


For more information on work-based placements, please contact Matthew Lawson.

Matthew Lawson

Programme Manager

Contact details


  • Matthew Lawson is currently Programme Manager in the University of Edinburgh’s Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability having previously worked at Transition Edinburgh University. After completing his undergraduate degree in International Relations, Matthew got involved in a variety of community and environmental groups while studying for a Masters in Multi-level and Regional Politics. His research focused on climate change policy in Scotland. His current role includes responsibility for social responsibility and sustainability reporting, benchmarking, developing sector-wide and external partnerships, liaising with academic degree programmes and courses, as well as having oversight of the department’s outreach and student engagement activities. Matthew has worked for the University since 2011.