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The University of Edinburgh

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Overview

Postgraduate programmes at the University of Edinburgh

We offer over 300 taught masters courses and 135 research areas. Study with us and you will enjoy expert teaching from leading academics, at a university respected globally for its innovation and research excellence. We also offer first-class facilities and support, in a city steeped in history and culture.

Quality teaching and research

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) rated 83% of our research activity as world-leading or internationally excellent, ranking us fourth in the UK based on the quality and breadth of our research.

All our postgraduates benefit from this inspiring research culture. The academics involved in your teaching and learning are leaders in their fields, and the University is dedicated to delivering high-quality, innovative teaching. The latest report from the Quality Assurance Agency awarded us the highest rating possible for the quality of the student learning experience. 

We offer a range of ways to study, from on-campus taught programmes to online part-time study. We are the largest provider of online distance learning in the Russell Group of UK research-intensive universities, and offer more than 60 online programmes.

Careers and employability

We are ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities and in the world’s top 100 universities for the employability of our graduates (Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2017). A qualification from the University of Edinburgh will put you among the UK’s top earners (Emolument.com). Study with us and we will help develop the life skills and confidence needed to realise your career aspirations.

Industry links and innovation

Edinburgh was one of the first UK universities to develop commercial links with industry, government and the professions. Our commercialisation office, Edinburgh Innovations, has helped to launch 417 companies since 1967. EI can help you take your first step to market, whether its’s through collaborative research, licencing technology or providing consultancy services.

Outstanding Facilities

During the last five years we have invested £80 million to maintain and enhance our teaching and learning spaces and we’re investing more than £1 billion in the next few years. You will have access to 10 libraries, state-of-the-art laboratories, and world class sports facilities, including over 60 sports clubs.

Our programmes

Search our postgraduate degrees and join us for the unique Edinburgh experience.

Our Schools 

  • Biological Sciences, School of
  • Business School
  • Chemistry, School of
  • Divinity, School of
  • Economics, School of
  • Edinburgh College of Art
  • Edinburgh Medical School
  • Education, The Moray House School of
  • Engineering, School of
  • GeoSciences, School of
  • Health in Social Science, School of
  • History, Classics and Archaeology, School of
  • Informatics, School of
  • Law, School of
  • Literatures, Languages and Cultures, School of
  • Mathematics, School of
  • Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, School of
  • Physics and Astronomy, School of
  • Social and Political Science, School of
  • Veterinary Studies, Royal (Dick) School of

Programs available

Postgraduate - Faculties/Departments and Programs

    Business School

    • Accounting & Finance MSc
    • Banking & Risk MSc
    • Business Administration, Master of, MBA
    • Business Analytics MSc
    • Carbon Finance MSc
    • Entrepreneurship & Innovation MSc
    • Executive Master of Business Administration MBA
    • Finance MSc
    • Finance, Technology and Policy MSc, PgDip
    • Human Resource Management MSc
    • International Business & Emerging Markets MSc
    • International Human Resource Management MSc
    • Management MSc
    • Marketing & Business Analysis MSc
    • Marketing MSc

    Edinburgh College of Art

    • Acoustics & Music Technology MSc
    • Advanced Sustainable Design MSc
    • Animation MFA
    • Architectural & Urban Design MSc
    • Architectural Conservation MSc
    • Architectural History & Theory MSc
    • Architecture MScR
    • Architecture, Master of (ARB/RIBA Part 2) MArch
    • Art, Space & Nature MFA, MA
    • Collections & Curating Practices MScR
    • Composition for Screen MSc
    • Composition MMus
    • Contemporary Art Practice MFA, MA
    • Contemporary Art Theory MA
    • Cultural Landscapes MSc
    • Cultural Studies MScR
    • Cultural Studies MScR
    • Design & Digital Media MSc
    • Design for Change MA
    • Design Informatics MFA, MA
    • Digital Media & Culture MScR
    • Digital Media Design (Online Learning) MSc
    • Digital Studio Practice MScR
    • European Masters in Landscape Architecture EMiLA
    • Fashion MFA
    • Film Directing MA, MFA
    • Glass MA, MFA
    • Graphic Design MA, MFA
    • History of Art MScR
    • History of Art, Theory & Display MSc
    • Illustration MA, MFA
    • Interdisciplinary Creative Practices MScR
    • Interior Design MA
    • Jewellery MFA
    • Landscape & Wellbeing MSc
    • Landscape Architecture MLA
    • Material Practice MSc
    • Modern & Contemporary Art: History, Curating & Criticism MSc
    • Musicology MMus
    • Performance Costume MFA
    • Reflective Design Practices MScR
    • Sound Design MSc
    • Sound Design MScR
    • Textiles MFA
    • Urban Strategies & Design MSc

    Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

    • Anatomical Sciences (Online Learning) PgDip PgCert
    • Biodiversity, Wildlife & Ecosystem Health (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Biomedical Sciences (Life Sciences) MSc
    • Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Global Health & Infectious Diseases (Online Learning) Msc, PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev
    • Global Health Studies (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Human Anatomy MSc
    • Infectious Diseases MScR
    • Integrative Physiology (Biomedical Sciences - Centre for Newy Brain Sciences) PhD, MScR
    • International Animal Health (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Neuroscience (Biomedical Sciences - Centre for Newy Brain Sciences) PhD, MScR
    • Neuroscience (Integrative Neuroscience) MScR
    • Pathway Medicine PhD, MScR
    • Science Communication & Public Engagement (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert,PgProfDev
    • Science Communication & Public Engagement MSc

    Edinburgh Medical School: Clinical Sciences

    • Applied Medical Image Analysis (Online Learning) PgCert
    • Cardiovascular Biology MScR
    • Cardiovascular Science PhD, MScR
    • Clinical Management of Pain (Online Learning) MSc, PgProfDev
    • Clinical Ophthalmology (Online Learning) ChM
    • Dental Sedation & Anxiety Management (Online Learning) PgCert
    • Imaging (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Inflammation PhD MScR
    • Internal Medicine (Online Learning) MSc
    • Medical Sciences MMedSci by Research
    • Neuroimaging for Research (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, Pgcert
    • Oral Surgery DClinDent, MClinDent
    • Orthodontics DClinDent, MClinDent
    • Orthopaedic & Trauma Medicine PhD, MScR
    • Paediatric Dentistry DClinDent, MClinDent
    • Paediatric Emergency Medicine (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Patient Safety & Clinical Human Factors (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • PET-MR Principles and Applications (Online Learning) PgCert
    • Primary Care Ophthalmology (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Primary Dental Care (Online Learning) MSc, PgCert, PgDip
    • Prosthodontics DClinDent, MClinDent
    • Reproductive Sciences MScR
    • Stem Cells and Translational Neurology (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Surgery PhD, MPhil, MScR
    • Surgical Sciences (Online Learning) MSc
    • Transfusion, Transplantation & Tissue Banking MSc
    • Trauma & Orthopaedics (Online Learning) ChM
    • Urology (Online Learning) ChM
    • Vascular & Endovascular Surgery (Online Learning) ChM

    Edinburgh Medical School: Medicine

    • Clinical Education (Online Learning)

    Edinburgh Medical School: Molecular, Genetic & Population Health Sciences

    • Clinical Trials (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Family Medicine (Online Learning) MFM, PgDip, PgCert
    • Genetics & Molecular Medicine PhD, MScR
    • Genomics & Experimental Medicine
    • Global eHealth (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev
    • Global Health Challenges (Online Learning) PgCert
    • Molecular & Clinical Medicine (Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre) PgCert
    • Molecular Pathology and Genomic Medicine
    • Population Health Sciences PhD, MScR
    • Public Health (Online Learning) MPH, PgDip, PgCert
    • Public Health MPH

    Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

    • Advanced Clinical Practice (Online Learning) MVetSci, PgDip, PgCert
    • Animal Biosciences MSc
    • Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare MSc
    • Applied Poultry Science (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Clinical Animal Behaviour (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Clinical Veterinary Sciences PhD MPhil, MScR
    • Conservation Medicine (Online Learning) MVetSci
    • Equine Science (Online Learning) MSc, PgCert, PgDip
    • Food Safety (Online Learning) MSc, PgDIp, PgCert
    • Genetics & Genomics PhD, MPhil, MScR
    • Global Food Security & Nutrition (Online Learning) MSc,PgDip, PgCert
    • Infection & Immunity PhD, MPhil, MScR
    • International Animal Welfare, Ethics & Law (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev
    • International Masters in Infectious Diseases and One Health MSc
    • One Health (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert, PgProfDev
    • RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Online Learning) PgProvDev
    • Veterinary Anaesthesia & Analgesia (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Veterinary Epidemiology (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Veterinary Sciences MVetSci

    School of Biological Sciences

    • Animal Breeding & Genetics MSc PgDip
    • Biochemistry MSc
    • Biodiversity & Taxonomy of Plants PgDip
    • Bioinformatics MSc, PgDip
    • Biotechnology MSc PgDip
    • Drug Newy & Protein Biotechnology (Online Learning) MSc, PgCert, PgDip, PgProfDev
    • Drug Newy & Translational Biology MSc, PgDip
    • Evolutionary Genetics MSc, PgDip
    • Human Complex Trait Genetics MSc, PgDip
    • Next Generation Drug Newy (Online Learning) MSc, PgCert, PgDip, PgProfDev
    • Quantitative Genetics & Genome Analysis MSc, PgDip
    • Synthetic Biology & Biotechnology MSc
    • Systems & Synthetic Biology MSc

    School of Chemistry

    • Chemistry PhD MScR
    • Materials Chemistry MSc
    • Medicinal & Biological Chemistry MSc

    School of Divinity

    • Biblical Studies MTh, MSc
    • History of Christianity PhD, MPhil, MTh by Research
    • Islamic Studies & Christian-Muslim Relations PhD, Mphil, MScR
    • New Testament & Christian Origins MPhil, MTh by research, PhD
    • Religious Studies MSc
    • Science & Religion MSc
    • Systematic Theology PhD, MPhil, MTh by Research
    • Theology in History MTh, MSc
    • World Christianity MTh, MSc

    School of Economics

    • Economics / Economics (Econometrics) / Economics (Finance) MSc

    School of Education (Moray House)

    • Dance Science & Education MSc, PgDip
    • Digital Education (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Education MSc
    • Inclusive Education MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Language Education MSc, PgDip
    • Outdoor Education MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Outdoor Environmental & Sustainability Education MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Performance Psychology MSc, PgDip
    • Physical Activity for Health MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Primary) PGDE
    • Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) PGDE
    • Social Justice & People Action (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Sport Policy, Management & International Development MSc
    • Strength & Conditioning MSc, PgDip
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Transformative Learning and Teaching MSc

    School of Engineering

    • Advanced Chemical Engineering MSc
    • Bioengineering MScR
    • Digital Communications MScR
    • Electrical Power Engineering MSc
    • Electronics MSc
    • Energy Systems MScR
    • Infrastructure & the Environment MScR
    • Integrated Micro & Nano Systems (IMNS) MScR
    • International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering MSc
    • Materials & Processes MScR
    • Offshore Renewable Energy (Industrial Doctorate Centre) EngD
    • Sensor & Imaging Systems MSc
    • Signal Processing & Communications MSc
    • Structural & Fire Safety Engineering MSc
    • Sustainable Energy Systems MSc, PgDip

    School of GeoSciences

    • Applied Geoscience (Geoenergy) MSc
    • Carbon Innovation (Online Learning) PgCert
    • Carbon Management (Online Learning) MSc PgDip
    • Carbon Management MSc
    • Climate Change Management (Online Learning) PgCert
    • Earth Observation & Geoinformation Management MSc
    • Ecological Economics MSc
    • Energy, Society and Sustainability MSc
    • Environment & Development MSc
    • Environment, Culture & Society MSc
    • Environmental Protection & Management MSc
    • Environmental Sustainability MSc
    • Food Security MSc
    • Geographical Information Science & Archaeology MSc
    • Geographical Information Science MSc
    • GeoSciences (Individual Project) MScR
    • Global Environment Challenges (Online Learning) PgCert
    • Human Geography MScR
    • Marine Systems & Policies MSc
    • Palaeontology & Geobiology MScR
    • Soils & Sustainability MSc
    • Sustainable Plant Health MSc

    School of Health in Social Science

    • Advanced Nursing MSc
    • Applied Psychology (Healthcare) For Children & Young People MSc
    • Clinical & Health Psychology PhD, MScR
    • Clinical Psychology DClinPsychol
    • Counselling (Interpersonal Dialogue) MCouncs
    • Counselling MCouns, PgCert, PgDip
    • Counselling Studies MSc
    • Counselling Studies MScR
    • Health Humanities and Arts MSc
    • Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches MSc
    • Nursing Studies PhD, MPhil, MScR
    • Psychological Therapies MSc
    • Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) MSc

    School of History, Classics & Archaeology

    • American History MSc
    • Ancient History MSc
    • Archaeology MSc
    • Archaeology MScR
    • Classical Art & Archaeology MSc
    • Classics MScR
    • Classics MScR
    • Contemporary History MSc
    • Economic & Social History MScR
    • European Archaeology MSc
    • History (Online Learning)
    • History MSc
    • History MScR
    • Human Osteoarchaeology MSc
    • Intellectual History MSc
    • Late Antique, Islamic & Byzantine Studies MSc
    • Medieval History MSc
    • Mediterranean Archaeology MSc
    • Scottish History MSc
    • Scottish History MScR

    School of Informatics

    • Advanced Design Informatics MSc
    • Artificial Intelligence MSc
    • Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence PhD, MScR
    • Cognitive Science MSc
    • Computer Science MSc
    • Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust MSc
    • Data Science MSc
    • Data Science, Technology & Innovation (Online Learning) PgCert, PgProfDev
    • Design Informatics MSc
    • EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Robotics & Autonomous Systems PhD, MScR
    • High Performance Computing MSc, PgDip
    • High Performance Computing with Data Science MSc, PgDip
    • Informatics MSc

    School of Law

    • Commercial Law LLM
    • Comparative & European Private Law LLM
    • Corporate Law LLM
    • Criminal Law & Criminal Justice LLM
    • Criminology & Criminal Justice MSc
    • European Law LLM
    • Global Crime, Justice & Security MSc
    • Global Environment & Climate Change Law LLM
    • Human Rights LLM
    • Information Technology Law (Online Learning) LLM
    • Innovation, Technology & the Law (Online Learning) LLM
    • Innovation, Technology & the Law LLM
    • Intellectual Property Law (Online Learning) LLM
    • Intellectual Property Law LLM
    • International Banking Law & Finance LLM
    • International Commercial Law & Practice (Online Learning) LLM
    • International Economic Law LLM
    • International Law
    • Law (Online Learning) LLM
    • Law (Online Learning) PgCert
    • Law & Chinese LLM
    • Law and Chinese LLM
    • Law MSc
    • Law PhD, LLM by Research
    • Medical Law & Ethics (Online Learning) LLM
    • Medical Law & Ethics LLM
    • Professional Legal Practice Diploma

    School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures

    • Advanced Arabic MSc
    • American Literature MScR
    • Book History & Material Culture
    • Celtic & Scottish Studies MSc
    • Chinese PhD MScR
    • Chinese Society & Culture MSc
    • Chinese Studies MSc
    • Comparative Literature MSc
    • Creative Writing MSc
    • East Asian Relations MSc
    • English Literature PhD, MScR
    • English Literature: Critical Theory MScR
    • English Literature: Literature & Modernity: 1900 to the Present MSc
    • English Literature: Literature & Society: Enlightenment, Romantic & Victorian MSc
    • English Literature: Medieval Literature
    • English Literature: Postcolonial Literature MScR
    • English Literature: Renaissance Literature MScR
    • English Literature: Romanticism MScR
    • English Literature: Scottish Literature MScR
    • English Literature: US Literature - Cultural Values from Revolution to Empire MSc
    • English Literature: Victorian Literature MScR
    • Film Studies MSc
    • Film, Exhibition & Curation MSc
    • French PhD, MScR
    • Gender & Culture MScR
    • German PhD, MScR
    • Hispanic Studies PhD, MScR
    • Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies MSc
    • Italian PhD, MScR
    • Japanese Phd, MscR
    • Japanese Society & Culture MSc
    • Korean Studies MSc, PgDip
    • Korean Studies MScR, PgDip
    • Medieval Literatures & Cultures MSc
    • Medieval Studies PhD MScR
    • Middle Eastern Studies with Advanced Arabic MSc
    • Middle Eastern Studies with Arabic MSc
    • Persian Civilisation MSc
    • Playwriting MSc
    • Russian PhD, MScR
    • Sanskrit PhD, MScR
    • Scandinavian Studies PhD, MScR
    • Scottish Culture & Heritage (Online Learning) PgCert
    • Scottish Ethnology MScR
    • Theatre & Performance Studies MSc

    School of Mathematics

    • Computational Applied Mathematics MSc
    • Computational Mathematical Finance MSc
    • Financial Mathematics MSc
    • Financial Modelling & Optimization MSc, PgDip
    • Operational Research MSc, PgDip
    • Operational Research with Computational Optimization MSc, PgDip
    • Operational Research with Data Science MSc
    • Operational Research with Risk MSc, PgDip
    • Statistics & Operational Research MSc
    • Statistics with Data Science MSc

    School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences

    • Applied Linguistics MSc, Diploma
    • Cognition in Science & Society MSc
    • Developmental Cognitive Science MSc
    • Developmental Linguistics MSc
    • English Language MSc
    • English Language MScR
    • Epistemology, Ethics & Mind (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • Evolution of Language & Cognition MSc
    • Human Cognitive Neuropsychology MSc
    • Linguistics MSc
    • Linguistics MScR
    • Mind, Language & Embodied Cognition MSc
    • Philosophy MSc
    • Philosophy MScR
    • Philosophy, Science & Religion (Online Learning) MSc
    • Phonetics MSc
    • Psychological Research MSc
    • Psychology MScR
    • Psychology of Individual Differences MSc
    • Psychology of Language MSc
    • Social Psychology MSc
    • Speech & Language Processing MSc, Diploma

    School of Physics & Astronomy

    • Mathematical Physics MSc
    • Particle & Nuclear Physics MSc
    • Theoretical Physics MSc

    School of Social & Political Science

    • Advanced Social Work Studies (Mental Health Officer Award) PgCert
    • Africa & International Development MSc
    • African Studies MSc
    • Comparative Public Policy MSc
    • Digital Society MSc
    • Global Challenges (Online Learning) MSc
    • Global Development Challenges (Online Learning) PgCert
    • Global Environment, Politics & Society MSc
    • Global Health Policy (Online Learning) MSc
    • Global Health Policy MSc
    • Health Policy MSc
    • International & European Politics MSc
    • International Development (Online Learning) MSc, PgDip, PgCert
    • International Development MSc
    • International Political Theory MSc
    • International Relations MSc
    • International Relations of the Middle East MSc
    • International Relations of the Middle East with Advanced Arabic MSc
    • International Relations of the Middle East with Arabic MSc
    • Management of Bioeconomy, Innovation & Governance MSc
    • Medical Anthropology MSc
    • Nationalism Studies MSc
    • Public Policy MSc
    • Science & Technology in Society MSc
    • Social and Political Science MScR
    • Social Anthropology MSc
    • Social Research MSc, PgCert
    • Social Research with Quantitative Methods MSc PgCert
    • Social Work, Master of MSW
    • Sociology & Global Change MSc

University Highlights

Total students - 30,450

30%
70%

International students - 11,998

%
%

Total faculty staff - 4,468

1907
2561

Total students - 30,450

30%
70%

International students - 11,998

Total faculty staff - 4,468

2561
1907

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