Counselling, Psychotherapy and Applied Social Sciences


We operate a gathered field approach for MSc by Research applications, find out how this works.

When to apply

This programme is not currently accepting applications for the 2020/21 academic year.

The 2021/22 admissions process is now open, with key dates listed below.

The School of Health in Social Science operates a gathered field approach for all MSc by Research applications. A gathered field approach means that all complete applications which meet our minimum entry requirements will be held until the next deadline at which point applications received will be considered on a competitive basis. You do not need to wait until the deadline to apply, we will accept applications at any point during the year, and encourage contact with potential supervisors well in advance of formal application. Outcome decisions on your application will be provided at the different points of the year shown below.

All communication about your application will be sent through the online admissions system. Please ensure you check your application inbox regularly and particularly after the notification dates as listed below.  


First deadline: Friday, 27th November 2020 - Applications are no longer being accepted.

If you are planning to apply for the University of Edinburgh’s funding opportunities you should apply in this round.

Only complete applications received by this date will be considered and outcome notifications will be issued mid-January 2021 for an enrolment date of September 2021.  


Second deadline: Friday, 26th March 2021

Only complete applications received by this date will be considered and outcome notifications will be issued mid-May 2021 for an enrolment date of September 2021.  


Third deadline: Friday, 11th June 2021

Only complete applications received by this date will be considered and outcome notifications will be issued late July 2021 for an enrolment date of September 2021 (or January 2022 for PhD Programmes only).  


Complete applications

An application will be considered ‘complete’ if you have submitted:

  • The online application form.
  • An undergraduate degree certificate and transcript (and your MSc degree certificate and transcript should this be required). Most postgraduate degree programmes in the School of Health in Social Science require a minimum of a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent. Some programmes also require applicants to hold a Masters level degree. Please check the relevant pages on the degree finder for more detailed information.
  • A brief statement providing an indication of the area of research you are interested in for your research dissertation, why this area of study is of interest to you including an indication of how it grows out of your personal and/or professional development. You should also say something about your motivation for studying an MSc by Research. 
    • We strongly recommend that you contact a potential supervisor from your area of interest to discuss your research interest before applying. Applicants who have been in contact with a potential supervisor before applying are often more successful in gaining an offer for study. Conversations with potential supervisors can take several weeks. Please ensure that you approach a potential supervisor as early as possible and, at least, several weeks before the relevant deadlines.
  • Two references – some programmes require one of your references to be from your most recent academic institution. Please check the relevant entry requirement pages on the School website for more detailed information. Please note that it can take a number of weeks for your referees to respond to a reference request. We must have received your references by the deadline dates above for your application to be considered in that particular application round. If you wish the University to contact your referees through the online application system you must have started the online application and submitted the reference request several weeks before the deadline dates so that your referees have time to respond.

Evidence of English Language may also be needed before an unconditional offer can be made, but is not required by the application deadline. More information about what the English Language requirements are can be found on the degree finder or on the relevant entry requirement pages on the School website.

If an application is not ‘complete’ by the application deadline it will be rejected. Applicants may make a further application at one of the later deadlines and this will be considered if it is complete.  



If you would like more information about submitting your application and the admissions process please do not hesitate to get in touch with the School Postgraduate Research Admissions Administrator.

Louise Carracher 0131 651 5144

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Once you are ready to apply for this programme, applicants need to complete the online University of Edinburgh application form.

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