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The University of Edinburgh has an international reputation as a leading centre of research in science and technology studies (STS).

Edinburgh scholars work around the globe on the social and historical aspects of developments in science and technology. Particular strengths in research include:

  • the history and philosophy of science
  • the social shaping of technology
  • the history of medicine
  • the politics of controversies and public engagement with science and technology
  • science, technology and gender
  • the sociology of financial markets and emissions trading schemes
  • innovation in biotechnology and the life sciences
  • the development and use of information and communication technologies
  • innovation for sustainability
  • science and technology in developing countries

Training and support

PhD students will usually follow our MSc by Research in STS for their first year. This comprises specialist courses, as well as training in research methods. By the end of this year, you will have completed a full research proposal.

You will join the lively research community and participate in regular seminars and workshops, and, if a PhD student, an annual PhD student day and a retreat..

Frequent seminars and lectures by visiting scholars provide opportunities for contacts beyond the University.

Facilities

Research library and archive facilities in Edinburgh are outstanding. All research students are members of the Graduate School of Social & Political Science, with full access to the Graduate School’s facilities in the Chrystal Macmillan Building.

Other library and archive facilities include the University’s Main Library, the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Records Office. Proximity to the Scottish Parliament and other institutions of national government provides further research opportunities.

Scholarships and funding

Find out more about scholarships and funding opportunities:


Visit the Science & Technology Studies (MScR) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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