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.
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.
A UK 2:1 undergraduate degree or its international equivalent. For the PhD: A UK 2:1 undergraduate degree and a UK masters degree with 65%, or their international equivalents.