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What will I learn?

Social Policy has been taught in Edinburgh since 1918. Today the University of Edinburgh is one of the UK’s leading centres of social policy research and postgraduate education and training in social policy.

Our highly regarded research draws on a variety of disciplinary perspectives and is methodologically diverse, spanning the full range of social science methods from action research to advanced quantitative approaches.

We are committed to scholarly advancement but also to the dissemination of our work beyond the academy to generate non-academic impact and effect social change.

We offer postgraduate supervision across the whole subject range, with particular expertise in: social security labour market policy; health policy; family policy; education policy

Who this programme is for

We welcome doctoral students wanting to undertake advanced research on social problems and policy and practice responses to them locally, nationally and globally.

Which department am I in?

School of Social and Political Science

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£21,150.00 (US$ 29,110) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The University of Edinburgh

Student Recruitment and Admissions,

33 Buccleuch Place,

EDINBURGH,

EDINBURGH, CITY OF,

EH8 9JS, Scotland

Entry requirements

For international students

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, and a UK masters degree with an overall mark of 65% or its international equivalent. IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module); TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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