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Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and seat of the Scottish parliament. Situated on a river estuary – the Firth of Forth – Edinburgh is famous for spectacular landmarks including the hill of Arthur’s Seat as well as Castle Rock, upon which sits the historic Edinburgh Castle.
18th-century Edinburgh was known as the ‘Athens of the North’ as pioneering thinkers made ground-breaking developments in economic, scientific and philosophical theory. Many of them were associated with the city’s ancient university. So, while studying a Masters in Edinburgh, you’ll be part of a long tradition of scholars heading north for education and enlightenment!
Today, Edinburgh is famous as a city of culture and has much to offer resident students. The annual Edinburgh Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival are the world’s largest arts, theatre and comedy events and in 2004 Edinburgh was recognised as the first UNESCO World City of Literature.
Its famous authors include Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Muriel Spark, Ian Rankin, and Sir Walter Scott (whose monument stands in the city centre and has famously been described as ‘a gothic rocket ship’ – you’ll have to make your own mind up!). The city is also famous as the place where JK Rowling began to write her famous Harry Potter series. Literary-minded postgraduates can explore the places where she began her works.
While studying in Edinburgh you’ll also have the enviable experience of living in the home of Britain’s most famous New Year’s celebration: Hogmanay, which features a street festival, concert and spectacular firework display against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
Edinburgh has always been renowned as a seat of learning. Its oldest university, the University of Edinburgh, was founded in 1583, making it one of Scotland’s prestigious ‘Ancient Universities’. It is now one of the top 20 universities in the world and part of the UK’s elite Russell Group.
There are three other universities in Edinburgh and around 60,500 resident students. In addition to the University of Edinburgh itself, the city is home to Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University.
Edinburgh’s economy is usually referred to as the strongest in the UK outside of London. Key business sectors include financial services, life sciences, creative industries and tourism. Edinburgh is home to a diverse range of major companies, such as the Royal Bank of Scotland, Microsoft and Rockstar North, creators of the Grand Theft Auto series.
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Given the ever-increasing volume of data that businesses have access to today, there is a demand for employees who have computational and analytical skills and who can help inform business decisions to increase efficiency and ultimately build a competitive edge. Read more
This full-time and part-time campus-based programme is designed for professionals and recent graduates in humanities, medical, health, social care and policy fields as well as staff in the voluntary sector and creative practitioners. Read more
The aim of the MSc in Human Resource Management (HRM) is to give you the knowledge, understanding and key skills that are required by today’s HR professionals and to enable you to effectively contribute to dynamic organisations. Read more
Managing human resources is a key area of business and management. Globalisation and the changing economic, demographic, and political landscape means that what constitutes effective HRM and how it may best be practiced is constantly evolving and increasingly requires an international orientation. Read more
Good management is central to business success. Without it, there can be no cohesion, no teamwork, no real sense of direction. This programme is designed therefore to provide an insight into the theories and practical skills needed for successful management and through that - a successful business. Read more
This programme offers the unique perspective that children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing is influenced by developmental processes at multiple levels, from individual to sociocultural, and that our approaches to working should be informed by this dynamic, interactional system. Read more
This programme is a comprehensive and intensive investigation into key areas in accounting and finance. Designed for those with a quantitative background, it is both academically rigorous and closely in line with professional practice. Read more
Taking the science of musical sound as your focus, you’ll work in a cross-disciplinary environment, using theoretical and experimental work to explore the musical, technical and multimedia applications of acoustics and audio technology. Read more
Entry to the actuarial profession is by a demanding series of examinations, but the rewards after qualifying are great. The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK has four levels of examinations to qualify. Read more
Build your expertise in tissue regeneration and repair at The University of Edinburgh.
We consistently rank as one of the top 30 universities in the world for psychology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 and Complete University Guide).
As the modern inheritors of our 400-year-old reputation for excellence, our staff and students contribute to a vibrant academic community whose visions are shaping tomorrow's world. The School's strong interdisciplinary research profile makes us a fantastic destination for postgraduate study. All of our campus-based Taught Masters Programmes are offered either as a one-year, full time MSc degree, including a research dissertation or as a nine-month, full time diploma. The MSc degree involves two semesters of teaching followed by an individual research project while the diploma features two se
With one of the largest philosophy departments in the world, we offer you a wide choice of subject areas to study and a diverse, supportive learning environment.
Join one of the largest and most successful groupings of geoscientists and geographers in the UK, as we address the most compelling issues of our time.
We’re ranked in the world’s top 5 universities for linguistics (QS World University Rankings by subject 2019), and ranked as part of the top Language Sciences department in the UK thanks to world-leading research in English Language and Linguistics (THE Rankings of the REF 2014).
These exciting 12-month postgraduate Masters degrees consist of taught, advanced level, lecture courses and also provide an opportunity to conduct high-level research within one of the world class groups in the School of Chemistry.
Edinburgh College of Art is a leading international art college within the University of Edinburgh. Located in the historic Old Town of one of the world’s greatest cultural cities, we offer a creative and supportive environment in which to study one of 40 ground-breaking postgraduate programmes or take forward research within a global Top 50 institution.
Like any Business School, we are committed to developing tomorrows business leaders. But what really drives us is helping you play to your strengths, add to them, and develop strong relationships that will open up the world to you.
Our taught masters programmes are designed to deepen your knowledge in a subject you typically have studied at undergraduate level, although they can in some cases offer a new direction in your academic career. Our masters are led by some of the UK’s most respected academics in Theology and Religious Studies.
We currently offer 16 on-campus taught master’s programmes, 2 on-campus research LLM programmes, and 6 online LLM programmes. Some of our programmes are listed below. Our full selection of programmes can be found on our website.
The School of Health in Social Science at the University of Edinburgh offers a range of taught masters programmes that are designed to deepen your understanding and knowledge in the area of health and social care.
Choose a postgraduate programme in sport at Moray House School of Education and Sport and join a world-leading university where you’ll be part of a vibrant and stimulating postgraduate community located in the heart of one of Europe’s finest cities.