Postgraduate study

International and European Politics MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities

Developed in response to the enormous political challenges facing our changing societies, this programme offers an advanced understanding of the contemporary world, drawing on insights from International Relations as well as:

  • European Studies
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Science
  • Area Studies

Students will explore in depth key theories, issues and controversies, and will have the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary studies and develop their interests in a vibrant and intellectually stimulating environment.

The programme hosts an official "Jean Monnet Module" (one of the core courses of the programme), recognised by the European Commission for its interdisciplinary and student-centred approach. Guest lectures and specialised seminar series will make an important contribution to the academic programme, bringing prominent international scholars and practitioners to Edinburgh to present current research and perspectives.

There is also a vibrant community of students interested in international and European Politics, so students will have plenty of opportunities to network with their peers, organise events and even work on publications in the Leviathan - the University’s own journal of Politics and International Relations.

Teaching will take the form of lectures, seminars and group work, with a strong focus on guided independent study. Students will complete two core courses and four optional courses, after which they will work towards an independently researched dissertation. Students have the option to embark on a placement-based dissertation, subject to availability and performance throughout the year.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2020/21
MSc2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2020/21

While many graduates of this programme have gone on to further study and an academic career, many have taken up positions in a wide range of institutions, including:

  • NATO and the United Nations
  • European Commission and Parliament
  • regional and national government institutions
  • development organisations
  • educational, research and think-tank organisations
  • banking
  • media
  • lobbying
  • the private sector

Students will learn transferable skills in areas such as communication, critical thinking and research, which will give them an edge in the employment market, whatever their eventual career path.

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 20 in each module). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

Application fee

A non-refundable application fee of £50 must be paid after you submit your application. Your application will not be processed until we have received your application fee.

Tuition fees

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MSc1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MSc2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:

  • your programme
  • the duration of your studies
  • your residency status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Programme Director, Dr Carmen Gebhard
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4622
  • Contact: C.Gebhard@ed.ac.uk
  • Graduate School of Social & Political Science
  • Chrystal Macmillan Building
  • 15A George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LD
Programme start date Application deadline
13 September 2021 5 July 2021

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

References are not usually required for applications to this programme.

Application fee

A non-refundable application fee of £50 must be paid after you submit your application. Your application will not be processed until we have received your application fee.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Programme Director, Dr Carmen Gebhard
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4622
  • Contact: C.Gebhard@ed.ac.uk
  • Graduate School of Social & Political Science
  • Chrystal Macmillan Building
  • 15A George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LD