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2 The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2020 entry 01 www.ed.ac.uk “Edinburgh isn’t so much a city, more a way of life … I doubt I’ll ever tire of Welcome to 03 04 About the University The Edinburgh experience the University exploring Edinburgh, on foot or in print.” 05 Global connections Ian Rankin 06 Career development Best-selling author and alumnus 11 Supporting you and your of Edinburgh 12 studies Join a global student community 14 Fees, funding and costs 17 City life 21 Visit us 22 Accommodation 25 Choosing your programme 26 Online programmes 28 How to apply 30 Index of masters programmes 37 Our Colleges and research areas 40 Contact us 41 Find out more twitter.com/applyedinburgh facebook.com/applyedinburgh youtube.com/edinburghuniversity instagram.com/applyedinburgh
02 The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2020 entry 03 www.ed.ac.uk TOP 50 Come and join us The University of Edinburgh has been changing the world for more than 400 years. We are consistently ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the Our famous alumni include historical greats, such world. We’re 18th in the 2019 as Joseph Black, who discovered carbon dioxide, QS World University Rankings. and philosopher David Hume, whose ideas laid the foundations of contemporary thought, as well as 21st-century luminaries such as Harry Potter 4 TH creator J K Rowling and the UK’s most successful Olympic gold medal winner, Sir Chris Hoy. We’re ranked fourth in the UK for research power, based on the 2014 The work we do at the University is constantly expanding the depth of human knowledge and Research Excellence Framework.* improving the lives of ordinary people. Research conducted here led to the discovery of chloroform 24 anaesthesia, the Higgs boson particle and in-vitro fertilisation. Our academics have advanced the public understanding of how our behaviours affect We are associated with ageing, protected forest ecosystems, and helped 24 Nobel Prize winners. bring broadband to remote communities. Our students make a difference while they are TOP 100 studying here through their outreach work in local schools and communities. As graduates, our alumni go on to make positive impacts on the world We are ranked in the top 10 in using the skills, experience and knowledge the UK and in the top 100 in they gain at the University. the world for the employability of our graduates.§ The University has long enjoyed a spirit of innovation, and continues to do so today. Working 20TH with our partners and building on our strengths in data science, we've set out to establish our region as the data capital of Europe. From addressing We’re ranked 20th in the world’s climate change to seeking cures for cancer, our most international universities.± researchers are at the forefront of the research Since 2010, we have taught that will influence tomorrow’s world. students from more than Influencing the world since 1583 160 countries. ONLINE LEADER Edinburgh is one of the largest providers of online postgraduate programmes in the UK. * Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions Old College dome and ‘the golden boy’ § Times Higher Education, Global Employability University Ranking 2018 in the Central Area. ± Times Higher Education: The World’s Most International Universities 2018
04 www.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2020 entry 05 The Edinburgh experience Global connections The University of Edinburgh is one of the largest and most diverse universities in the UK. We host more than Our ambitious global 41,000 students studying across more than 150 engagement plan aims to academic disciplines. provide world-class experiences for our students and ensures that the teaching and research Whether you choose to study on campus • the University’s Talbot Rice Gallery and we deliver offers global benefits. or online, your postgraduate experience at the Tent Gallery at Edinburgh College Edinburgh will be supported and enhanced of Art host a range of contemporary by the wealth of resources and opportunities art exhibitions throughout the year; Worldwide links that a university of our size can offer. We collaborate with a host of • the University Collection of Historical Musical Instruments, one of the world’s world-leading institutions in fields Quality teaching and research most important collections of musical as diverse as e-science, engineering, All our postgraduates benefit from our life and medical sciences, and arts heritage spanning 500 years and 5,000 inspiring research culture. The academics and culture. Our partners include: objects; and involved in your teaching and learning are leaders in their fields and although the • the University’s Anatomy Museum, • California Institute of Technology emphasis at postgraduate level is very which first opened in 1884 and hosts • Fudan University much on independent study, support a wealth of unique anatomical objects. • KU Leuven from our teaching staff is always on hand. • Leiden University The University is committed to delivering Industry links and innovation • National University of Singapore high-quality, innovative teaching. The Edinburgh was one of the first UK • Peking University latest report from the Quality Assurance universities to develop commercial • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Agency awarded us the highest rating links with industry, government and • University College Dublin possible for the quality of the student the professions. Our commercialisation • University of Amsterdam learning experience. service, Edinburgh Innovations (EI), leads • University of Copenhagen our activities in industry engagement, • University of Delhi Outstanding facilities business development and enterprise • University of Helsinki During the past five years we have invested support. It has helped launch more than • University of Sydney £80 million to maintain and enhance our 500 companies since 1967. EI can help • University of Toronto teaching and learning spaces and we’re you take your first step to market, • Zhejiang University. investing more than £1 billion in the next whether through starting a business few years. You will have access to a wealth or through collaborative research, We have five Regional Centres in Latin of study resources: licensing your discoveries or providing America, Southeast Asia, South Asia, North • 10 libraries, including the third largest consultancy services. America and East Asia, which support academic library in Europe, four million engagement with students, academics printed volumes and an extensive Social scene and alumni. digital collection; We have more than 280 student societies • state-of-the-art laboratories and covering sport, music, drama and the We’re also a member of the global world-leading analytical facilities, arts. Several international and multicultural research network Universitas 21, and including a 1.5km deep subsurface societies offer support settling in and help the European networks COIMBRA group, biology laboratory, an Eco Diamond you meet new friends. You’ll enjoy life in as well as UNICA, LERU, and UNA Europe. HK36 small aircraft for measuring trace a vibrant, historic city of world-famous gases at 3,000 metres, and the FloWave cultural festivals, full of great bars, clubs Global Academies Ocean Energy Research Facility for and restaurants, all with the mountains Our Global Academies in health, simulating wave and tidal current and beaches of Scotland on your doorstep: development, environment, food security, interactions – the largest of its kind www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/societies and justice bring together research expertise in Europe – to name but a few; from the University community and beyond Sporting excellence to tackle global challenges such as climate • the University’s Centre for Research In 2017/18 we were ranked third in the change, poverty, the spread of epidemics Collections, one of the most important UK for sport by British Universities and and cross-border injustices. Global resources of its kind in the world, Colleges Sport (BUCS). We offer 64 sports Academies are a gateway to online and encompassing rare books, Shakespeare clubs, covering everything from fencing on-campus interdisciplinary postgraduate first editions, oriental manuscripts, to skydiving, horse riding to ice hockey. programmes aimed at anyone interested in architectural drawings, paintings, Our world-class facilities are regularly addressing the major global issues of our sculpture, photography and, much used by visiting international teams and time: global.ed.ac.uk/global-academies more; we host major events such as the Euro • Europe’s foremost clinical research Hockey tournament in 2018. We’re proud imaging facility alongside the world- to have produced Olympians including Sir leading Scottish Centre for Regenerative Chris Hoy and Katherine Grainger, who Medicine, and one of the UK’s largest both developed their talents at Edinburgh state-of-the-art teaching hospitals; and continue to support young athletes.
06 www.ed.ac.uk/careers The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2020 entry 07 Career development My experience: using the Careers Service Ranked in the top 10 in the UK and in the top 100 in the world for the employability of our graduates*, the University is an excellent choice for a postgraduate education with prospects. We’re committed to helping you to develop skills and attributes that will Employ.ed for PhDs We support the provision of part-time, Public engagement opportunities Our Institute for Academic Development Petra Yu enhance your ability to compete in the on-campus internships, which provide (IAD) houses the University's Public MSc International Business job market, to progress your career, and project-based, paid employment to our Engagement team, so if you’re interested to achieve your full potential within the current PhD students. These are advertised in promoting your research to wider & Emerging Markets graduate global community. In addition to the on our careers portal, MyCareerHub: audiences you will have access to from Austria provision of dedicated support through www.ed.ac.uk/careers/employed resources, events and funding our award-winning Careers Service, we opportunities to help you develop the Secured a job before graduation. broker strategic partnerships between Platform One necessary skills and experience to do so: academics, industry specialists and other We provide opportunities for students to www.beltanenetwork.org institutions, to enhance the development draw on the knowledge and experience of of your graduate attributes and to embed our worldwide alumni network both on Doctorate Extension Scheme employability in our curricula. campus, through lectures, workshops and We sponsor our graduates under the panel discussions, and online via Platform Doctorate Extension Scheme. This means One of the most valuable things I was able Careers Service One. This supportive online environment international students completing a PhD to take advantage of was the University’s Our Careers Service provides advice allows students, alumni, staff and or other doctorate-level qualification on network of top employers. With its good and support whatever your plans for the volunteers to gather to share their a Tier 4 visa may be eligible to apply for reputation and high ranking for the future. We run workshops throughout the knowledge and experiences and discuss a visa to stay in the UK for an additional employability of students, world-leading year for our postgraduate students and ideas, plans and possibilities: 12 months after their studies to work or companies from various industries offer tailored sessions for our international www.ed.ac.uk/platform-one look for work. The scheme allows you attended, ranging from Jaguar Land Rover, students. We have a team dedicated to more time to find work with an employer, to EY, Barclays, Sky and more. The University developing our already strong links with Backing bright ideas gain practical experience, work on offered many opportunities to network employers from all industry sectors, from Edinburgh Innovations, the University’s postdoctoral projects, or set yourself with employers to prepare for life after the world’s top recruiters to small local commercialisation service, offers free up as an entrepreneur: graduation. These included presentations enterprises. We offer lots of opportunities support to student entrepreneurs www.ed.ac.uk/immigration/tier4-des and workshops by companies such as for students to meet employers on including one-to-one business advice Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey and campus and online: and a range of workshops, bootcamps, others that provided an insight into the www.ed.ac.uk/careers/postgrad competitions and networking events. application process and the values Successful recent clients include David recruiters are looking for. Work-based projects Hunter, inventor of the performance- Many of our Schools will offer you tracking golf watch Shot Scope; Orfeas I am aware how valuable a strong network support in undertaking a work-based Boteas, creator of the Dehumaniser sound is, which I believe the University equipped project, in partnership with an employer, effects software used by Hollywood me with. Not only does it have strong ties as the basis of your masters dissertation: movies and blockbuster video games; with notable companies but the alumni www.makingthemostofmasters.ac.uk and Enactus Edinburgh, a team of student network is also diverse and close-knit. social entrepreneurs who represented the By the time I started to apply for jobs, * T imes Higher Education, Global Employability UK in the Enactus World Cup with their what I found of most help were the mock University Ranking 2018 local and international projects. interviews and CV-screenings. The feedback I was given enhanced my performance and provided me with useful pointers and tips. As such, the Careers Service provided me with a competitive edge. I am really grateful to have had this strong support for my career development and have taken advantage of it fully. “Postgraduates come to us with a broader outlook and more rounded and developed skills, both in their chosen discipline and more generally in terms of their communication skills and self-confidence. We value their proven aptitude for self-driven learning and further study, important requirements for anyone embarking on the demanding actuarial professional exams.” HR department, Hymans Robertson LLP, Pensions, benefits and risk consultancy firm
08 www.ed.ac.uk The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2020 entry 09 My experience: skills training Louise K Gramstrup PhD Religious Studies, from Denmark Louise believes support from the University’s Institute for Academic Development will help her stand out in the competitive job market. My PhD journey has been significantly enhanced by the IAD’s courses on professional development. These are useful whether you are looking to pursue an academic career or make use of transferable skills. For instance, time management workshops help you achieve a work-life balance while courses on communication skills provide practical strategies for conference presentations. Attending courses about academic writing skills significantly enhanced my thesis. Other workshops changed my approach to collaboration and outreach by making me more assertive, self-aware, and knowledgeable about alternative mindsets. Besides supporting me as a researcher, the IAD has also developed my teaching. I have completed a professional teaching qualification recognised by the Higher Education Academy. I believe that this qualification together with my CPD training will make me stand out in a competitive job market because I can demonstrate skills and a commitment to professional development as a result. Finally, getting the chance to network with other researchers from different disciplines is a valuable side-benefit of attending IAD courses, including the Local GRADSchool that brings together final-year PhD candidates for three days to engage in professional and personal development activities. I have made close friends in this way with whom to share the ups and downs of PhD life.
10 www.ed.ac.uk/studying/international The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2020 entry 11 My experience: skills training Supporting you and your studies The University provides a wide range of support services to cater for your academic and personal needs. Harsh Vaidya Institute for Academic Development All postgraduate students can benefit Personal and academic support Every taught postgraduate student has a The Chaplaincy Centre Our Chaplaincy is for students of all faiths PhD Stem Cell Biology, MRC Scottish from our Institute for Academic Personal Tutor and every research student and of none. We cover a wide variety of Development (IAD), which provides has a supervisor – a member of staff who beliefs, including humanism and all major Centre for Regenerative Medicine information, events and courses to can offer guidance and support. world religions. All are welcome: graduate, from India develop the skills you will need throughout www.ed.ac.uk/chaplaincy your studies and in the future. IAD events Health and wellbeing Skills training offered by the Institute also offer the perfect opportunity to meet We aim to provide an environment that Childcare for Academic Development helped and network with other postgraduates enables and supports you to flourish; to The University’s Arcadia Nursery, which from across the University. promote good mental and physical health has sites at King's Buildings and Easter Harsh prepare for a career in business. among our students; and to ensure you are Bush, was designed by award-winning Further information is available online: well supported if you experience mental architects around the concept of free play, www.ed.ac.uk/iad/postgraduates health difficulties during your studies. and is catered to Children’s Food Trust and Food for the Brain standards. For taught postgraduates, IAD provides a Student Counselling Service There’s a lot of help available at Edinburgh if popular study-related and transferable skills Our Counselling Service offers you a Encompassing indoor and outdoor play, someone wants to pursue a career in industry support programme. It is designed to help professional and confidential service: the nursery has places for 0–5-year-olds or start their own business. you settle into postgraduate life, succeed www.ed.ac.uk/student-counselling and is open to students, staff and other I attended the Institute’s LEADER Summer during your studies and move confidently local parents: www.arcadianursery.co.uk School in Denmark. It was really helpful to the next stage of your career. We offer The Advice Place because there were sessions on on-campus and online workshops and Our drop-in advice centre, run by Edinburgh Global students entrepreneurship and business, personality one-to-one study skills consultations, University Students’ Association, offers Edinburgh University Students’ Association development, leadership and communication, plus online advice and learning materials. free, confidential and independent advice also provides support for our international and intellectual property and copyright. Workshops and learning resources cover key on a range of issues: community of students, by tapping into We also learned how to communicate our topics tailored to different academic stages, www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/advice the wealth of language skills and cultural research to the public. including pre-arrival sessions; getting knowledge of our vibrant global campus started with your studies; critical reading, Student Disability Service community, to offer services such as peer I think it’s always important to have additional writing and thinking; managing your Students with a disability are encouraged proofreading, free taster language courses skills because when you go for a job it’s not exams; and planning for and writing to discuss any specific support needs with (more than 70 languages to choose from), only your theoretical knowledge or how you up your dissertation. one of our Disability Advisers as early as and language networking events: work in the lab that counts, but how you possible during the application process. www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/global communicate with others, or how you work IAD also provides a comprehensive Our service works to create an environment in a team, so all this training really helps. programme of transferable-skills training, that helps disabled students participate English Language Education I think I’m pretty competitive when applying resources and support for researchers fully in university life: www.ed.ac.uk/ Our English Language Education service for jobs because employers also look for what completing a doctorate. The workshop student-disability-service offers free academic English tuition, you do alongside your qualification, and I can programme is designed to help you self-study materials and advice for demonstrate skills from these workshops and successfully prepare for the various The University Health Centre international students seeking support. the other things I’ve done here. milestones of your PhD, from getting All students should register with a doctor: You can take extra classes and an exam started with your research, to writing www.health-service.ed.ac.uk in the summer in Edinburgh before your up and preparing for the viva, as well programme starts, or take additional as developing personal and professional For further information on UK medical care: classes after starting your studies: skills that can be transferred to your future www.ukcisa.org.uk/information--advice/ www.ed.ac.uk/english-language- employment. Workshops cover topics such studying--living-in-the-UK/ education as writing skills, reference management health-and-healthcare tools, statistics, preparing for conferences, Centre for Open Learning delivering presentations, time and project Our Centre for Open Learning offers management, and personal development. around 1,000 evening, weekend and IAD also offers online resources and part-time courses each year. Full-time planning tools to help get your research students at the University are entitled started, as well as support for tutoring and to a significant discount on course fees: demonstrating, and public engagement www.ed.ac.uk/short-courses and communication.
12 www.ed.ac.uk The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2020 entry 13 Join a global student community My experience: making a global impact As a welcoming global university, we offer our EU and international students a range of additional specialist services designed to make your move to Edinburgh as smooth and seamless as possible. Edinburgh Global Immigration assistance International and Exchange Edinburgh Global is the central contact Trained Immigration Advisers are Student Society (IESS) point for non-UK students. It can provide available to assist you with visa advice, The IESS is a social and support society for you with the information and support you from the initial stage of applying to all our students, particularly those from may need to settle in, and also runs events study in the UK, through to graduation. overseas or on exchange in Edinburgh, and activities designed to support your We can help with bringing your family which offers opportunities to meet and experiences as a student: to Edinburgh or working during or interact with people from all over the www.ed.ac.uk/international after your studies: world. Staffed by a volunteer student www.ed.ac.uk/immigration committee, the IESS runs regular activities Support begins early throughout the year designed to help you You can contact Edinburgh Global for Your arrival make friends, experience the best of advice at any time during or after the application process. We run online advice We offer an airport welcome service before the academic year starts and Scotland and beyond, and ensure your stay in Edinburgh is memorable: Radu Marian Soufia Bham sessions and drop-ins, or you’re equally arrange activities to help you settle in. www.ed.ac.uk/international/iess welcome to visit us! Our Regional Managers Once you have received an offer to MSc International Business MSc Global Health & Public Policy regularly make trips abroad to attend study at the University you can check Meet the locals & Emerging Markets graduate graduate from Mauritius education exhibitions and to hold a online for essential information about Our Go Connect scheme links international from Moldova range of events for prospective applicants joining us: students with Edinburgh residents to help Soufia developed as a leader as well as pre-departure briefings for our www.ed.ac.uk/new-students you settle into university life, learn more Radu used his time at Edinburgh and activist, helping improve offer-holders. about Scotland and enhance your to further his ambitions to make healthcare access. Staying connected experience of studying abroad. It’s a great We organise a series of year-round social opportunity to find out more about a global impact. events and information sessions. We run Scottish culture: a week-long programme of orientation www.ed.ac.uk/global/go-connect events for new students at Edinburgh, More information on including International Day – an Our community upcoming trips: orientation event for non-UK students Our postgraduate community includes Understanding the bigger picture of the I wanted to focus on improving access to sexual www.ed.ac.uk/ – and other ongoing induction activities. more than 9,500 taught students and challenges that business and governments face and reproductive health services for underserved postgraduate/meet-us You can also attend our study-skills more than 5,500 research students, is my life’s mission and key to having a fulfilling communities and decided to pursue an MSc in event, which introduces and explains from 169 countries around the world. career. It is also the key for me to have an impact global health and public policy. The guest lectures the Scottish academic system to new and leave a legacy. allowed me to engage in discussions on health international taught masters students: and rights with a wide range of experts and I chose to pursue MSc International Business www.ed.ac.uk/international/student-life activists. This was instrumental in allowing me to & Emerging Markets because I believe socially responsible businesses can play a key role in connect theoretical aspects of policymaking to solving global challenges such as poverty real life efforts. eradication and income inequality. The University As a MasterCard Foundation scholar, I further and the programme helped me understand my benefited from the Edinburgh Award in Where our students are from mission better and act on my philosophy. I met transformational leadership, during which we outstanding like-minded people from all over the reflected what it means to be a leader and put world and interacted with their world views, their our leadership skills into practice. Taught students Research students culture, their challenges and their dreams. My experiences helped me refine my academic I learned how they perceive dialogue, interests and develop confidence in my leadership Rest of Scotland communication and success differently. With journey and activism. I became aware of the the world Scotland many of them, I built lasting friendships. Our diversity of perspectives and approaches to consulting projects with real-life companies solving global challenges and was able to focus 1,992 allowed me to help them expand internationally my efforts to best impact the communities I serve. 1,796 1,481 and understand how such companies build a I feel well equipped to deal with the challenges of 4,686 global outlook. a career in policy advocacy and grassroots work 1,732 Elsewhere My experience at the University gave me on healthcare access. in the UK* 1,104 everything I wanted from a masters experience 1,194 in the UK – it strengthened my global outlook and 1,349 my understanding of the bigger picture. Now it’s Elsewhere my time to act upon this experience and start in the UK* having an impact – local and global. Rest of the world Elsewhere Elsewhere in the EU in the EU *And the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
14 www.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-finance The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2020 entry 15 Fees, funding and costs We offer academically outstanding Living costs candidates a variety of postgraduate For information on the day-to-day cost of living in Edinburgh, please check our scholarships and studentships. guidance online: www.ed.ac.uk/international/cost-of-living The University offers an extensive range of Scholarships • Principal’s Career Development PhD • Student Finance Northern Ireland offers scholarships and funding opportunities, of • University of Edinburgh Scholarships eligible students a tuition fee loan for which the following is just a small sample. Alumni Scholarships We offer a 10 per cent scholarship These provide a valuable opportunity for PhD students to undertake training and taught and research programmes, at certificate, diploma, and masters level, Lisa Wijayani The University's Scholarships and Student towards postgraduate fees to all alumni skills development and offer opportunities which is paid directly to the University: MSc Ecological Economics graduate Funding Services can also provide guidance who graduated from the University as an in areas such as teaching, public www.studentfinanceni.co.uk from Indonesia on sources of scholarships, loans and other undergraduate, and to all students who engagement, entrepreneurship, data We also recommend you review the funding opportunities. Please email: spent at least one semester studying at science, and research. Each award comprehensive guidance provided at: Lisa received one of the Chevening email@example.com the University on a visiting programme: covers the UK tuition fee and a stipend: www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/ www.findamasters.com/funding/guides/ scholarships, which recognise future global www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/ postgraduate-loans-scotland alumni-scholarships development leaders and bring them to the UK to study Funding search • Chevening Scholarships Erasmus+ Loans and gain multicultural experience. You can see our full range The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Research councils (for UK/EU only) The Erasmus+ Master Loan helps masters of scholarships online: funds a number of Chevening Scholarships • Arts and Humanities Research Council students with their living and tuition costs www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/ for postgraduate study, for one-year (AHRC) www.sgsah.ac.uk/dtp/ when studying in an Erasmus+ country postgraduate taught masters degrees. Full details of • Economic and Social Research Council other than where they live or where they these awards can be obtained from your (ESRC) www.socsciscotland.ac.uk/home took their first degree: To search for funding opportunities, Before coming to the UK, I worked on economic local embassy or high commission: • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences https://erasmusplus.org.uk/master-loan visit: www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/ development, emphasising the role of entrepreneurship www.chevening.org Research Council (BBSRC) search in Southeast Asia. I became interested in climate change • Commonwealth Scholarships www.bbsrc.ac.uk Tuition fees and sustainability issues then set my goal to be an • Engineering and Physical Sciences You will find up-to-date fee levels for your The Commonwealth Scholarship and environmental economist. I desire to make a global Research Council (EPSRC) specific programme at: www.ed.ac.uk/ Fellowship Plan provides opportunities for impact by rendering policy advocacy and initiatives www.epsrc.ac.uk student-funding/tuition-fees/postgraduate students in one Commonwealth country that can tackle environmental problems through • Medical Research Council (MRC) to pursue advanced academic study at economic policy. www.mrc.ac.uk Please note: International students masters or MPhil/PhD level in another • National Environment Research Council starting full-time taught programmes of The University has equipped me with strong knowledge Commonwealth country. Applications are (NERC) www.nerc.ac.uk study lasting more than one year will be and broadened my perspective. I have acquired made to the Commonwealth Scholarship • Science and Technology Facilities charged a fixed annual fee. All other practical knowledge of implementing economic Agency (usually the Ministry of Education) Council (STFC) www.stfc.ac.uk students on full- and part-time methods to evaluate ecosystem services as well as a in the applicant’s home country: programmes of study lasting more than vigorous understanding of economic theory to attain cscuk.dfid.gov.uk UK Government loans (UK/EU only) one year should be aware that annual sustainability. I will use this to aid my dissertation • Edinburgh Global Research • The Student Awards Agency Scotland tuition fees are subject to revision and are research, in which I aim to discover potential Scholarships offers eligible students tuition fee loans typically increased by approximately five improvements and provide recommendations for policy To attract high-quality, overseas for taught and research programmes at per cent per annum. This annual increase makers in Indonesia to further enhance entrepreneurship research students to the University, each diploma and masters level, which will be should be taken into account when you and strengthen the sustainable economy. award will cover the difference between paid directly to the University. Eligible are applying for a programme. I am fortunate to have received a prestigious scholarship. the tuition fee for a UK postgraduate full-time students can also apply for a The University has provided me with good opportunities, and that for an international non-income assessed living cost loan: You will find information on other studying often bringing external speakers to give lectures postgraduate. The awards do not cover www.saas.gov.uk and living costs online: www.ed.ac.uk/ relevant to their field that help me engage with experts maintenance expenses: www.ed.ac.uk/ postgraduate/fees-finance • Student Finance England offers eligible beyond the University. The University offers a complete student-funding/global-research students postgraduate loans for taught package of educational and professional improvement • The Mastercard Foundation and research masters programmes and that I am grateful to be given a chance to seize. Scholars Program also for doctoral degree study: Up to 30 postgraduate scholarships for www.gov.uk/student-finance on-campus and online masters study with • Student Finance Wales offers eligible transformative leadership training are students postgraduate finance for available. Applicants should usually Funding tips taught and research masters You will find up-to-date reside in and be citizens of a Sub-Saharan We know that finding the finances to fund your studies can seem overwhelming. programmes, and postgraduate loans African country. Scholarships cover full We've compiled some top tips for how to make the most of your funding application. fee levels for your specific for doctoral degree study: tuition fees, accommodation and These include: programme online: www.studentfinancewales.co.uk maintenance. Applicants should apply to • Be organised. Begin your funding search and apply early. Be aware of deadlines. www.ed.ac.uk/student- the scholarship directly: www.ed.ac.uk/ • Cast your net wide and apply for as many opportunities as possible. funding/tuition-fees/ global/mastercard-foundation • Make sure you are eligible and that your application meets the funding criteria. postgraduate • Tailor your personal statement so each application stands out from the crowd. You can find out more online: www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding/funding-tips
16 The temperature in Edinburgh typically averages up to 6°C in the winter and up to 20°C in the summer. “Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, draped across a series of rocky hills overlooking the sea.” Lonely Planet Citylife The University is at the heart of the city of Edinburgh. Scotland’s inspiring capital is one of Europe’s great cultural hubs and a stimulating place to study. Regularly voted one of the most desirable places to live in the world, Edinburgh has a great social and cultural life, a busy sporting calendar and a rich history. Edinburgh is well known for its friendly people, its safe, green environment and its stunning, historic architecture. Its compact size makes it easy to get around and wherever you are in the city, you are seldom far from open countryside. Edinburgh’s location is perfect for adventurers – there are few other places in the world with such diverse and Edinburgh was readily accessible opportunities, from snowboarding to ranked the 'most livable city in the world' surfing. Scotland’s natural beauty, its mountains, lochs in Arcadis’ 2018 and forests, is just a short trip away and the landscape Sustainable offers one of the longest coastlines for a country of our Cities Index. size, so a visit to the beach is highly recommended. In the summer months the pace of city life accelerates as Edinburgh’s world-famous annual festivals get under way. The city hosts almost 30 festivals during the year, with the most famous taking part on campus or near to the University. Highlights include: • Edinburgh International Science Festival (April) • Edinburgh International Film Festival (June) • Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival (July) • Edinburgh International Festival (August) The city’s festivals draw almost four Edinburgh’s population • Edinburgh Festival Fringe (August) million visitors to Edinburgh each year. is approximately 500,000. • Edinburgh Art Festival (August) • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (August) • Edinburgh International Book Festival (August) • Edinburgh Mela (September) • Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (December).
18 “Edinburgh has that perfect Named the 7th best student city in balance between the amenities Europe, and 16th in the world, in the of a capital city and the charm QS Best Student Cities 2018. of a small town.” Caroline Stevens, USA MA (Hons) Sociology with Quantitative Methods Edinburgh is home to more FTSE 100 companies than any other UK city outside London. Edinburgh is a UNESCO City of Literature and has two UNESCO World Heritage sites – one covering the Old and New Towns and the other for the Forth Bridge.
The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2020 entry 21 Visit us We encourage you to come and discover if Edinburgh is the Visit us place for you, and we invite anyone interested in postgraduate study at Edinburgh to attend one of our events. Within reach of the rest of the British Isles and other European destinations “My horizons have been broadened INVERNESS by my experience at Edinburgh. ABERDEEN Classmates come from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds, GLASGOW EDINBURGH HELSINKI and I enjoy learning with them.” OSLO TALLINN NEWCASTLE Jialin Dong, from China, MSc Applied Linguistics BELFAST STOCKHOLM LEEDS MANCHESTER MOSCOW EDINBURGH DUBLIN COPENHAGEN VILNIUS BIRMINGHAM CARDIFF LONDON AMSTERDAM POZNAN BERLIN BRUSSELS PRAGUE PARIS VIENNA BUDAPEST ZURICH NICE DUBROVNIK ISTANBUL BARCELONA MADRID ROME LISBON ATHENS Open days Travel Our visits to you Our Postgraduate Open Day, on Edinburgh is easily accessible from across If you are unable to visit the University, Wednesday 13 November 2019, is a great Europe and beyond. The city is served by we attend events worldwide during the way to find out more about the University, an excellent international airport, and rail year giving you the opportunity to come meet staff and fellow prospective students and road links across the country. and meet us and speak to us in person: and ask any questions in person: www.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/meet-us www.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate-open-day Travel information www.ed.ac.uk/visit/city/getting-here If you can’t come to the Open Day, see page 41 for other ways you can contact us and find out more. Book a student-led tour at: www.ed.ac.uk/ visit/tours
22 www.accom.ed.ac.uk The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2020 entry 23 Accommodation Our students travel from all over the world to study Accommodation 07 20 here and we aim to provide the best range and TO NEW PARK standard of accommodation possible. CALTON HILL BUS STATION Accommodation for postgraduate students Accommodation options Costs RG E ST This map shows the University-managed GEO is all self-catered and can be found across a We offer a wide variety in either traditional Rents for our accommodation typically PALACE OF accommodation planned for postgraduate NATIONAL HOLYROODHOUSE range of convenient locations within easy WAVERLEY students in 2020. The circles indicate T HE halls of residence or blocks of self-contained include utility costs, internet, personal ST GALLERY OF KET ST RAILWAY RINC ES SCOTLAND MAR SCOTTISH MO reach of most key University buildings and flats, the latter typically varying in size contents insurance and some cleaning. P STATION 16 PARLIAMENT the walking distance between the 05 UN 15 HOLYROOD Edinburgh city centre. from four to six single study bedrooms. Rents for single rooms during the 2019/20 EDINBURGH 06 accommodation and the main University D CASTLE HIGH ST CAMPUS There is a mix of en suite rooms and those academic year, based on a typical 51-week OD RD 08 locations and resources. LOTHIA HOLYRO HOLYROOD University accommodation offers: with shared bathroom facilities. lease, are in the range of £5,572–£9,348. PLEA SANC CENTRE PARK • comprehensive community and welfare Further information is available online. KET N FOR SPORT 01 Ascham Court AR RD & EXERCISE networks from our Residence Life team; Our new accommodation at Buccleuch EDINBURGH COLLEGE R A SS M OLD 02 Blackwood Crescent/Causewayside COLLEGE 11 E • mixed gender residences, with some Place/Buccleuch Place Lane, is very close Sharing rooms OF ART G TTE 03 Buccleuch Place/Buccleuch Place Lane PO RR single sex flats available; 14 04 Deaconess to George Square and the Main Library If you are interested in sharing and OW O N PL L AU R I S T 05 Morgan Court • laundry facilities; and is built around two courtyards with express this preference in your application, • secure cycle storage; 10 06 Mylnes Court landscaped grounds, a double-height we will do our very best to satisfy your BU 07 New Park NIC ARTHUR’S • personal contents insurance; common room and a games room. request. There are many advantages to CENTRAL CC GE SEAT GEOR RE OL AREA 08 O’Shea Hall LEU • network services in each bedroom SQUA SO Buccleuch Place is an extensive and sharing. We use larger rooms and provide 04 09 Ratcliffe Terrace CH NS 13 for access to email and the internet. sensitive refurbishment of historic houses. additional storage and study spaces. 03 T ST THE 10 Richmond Place MEADOWS MAIN 01 Retaining original features, the 205 single With 2019/20 rents starting from £4,587 LIBRARY 11 Roxburgh Place Guarantees and deadlines and 26 twin study bedrooms are in flats per 51-week lease, your costs can be MEL 12 West Mains Road V I LL E D You are guaranteed an offer of University shared between five to seven students and significantly reduced. R accommodation if: have shared facilities with a mix of single, RD POLLOCK 13 G eorge Square ER PK HALLS • you are a new, single postgraduate Family provision END Many of our Schools are located in the city MARCHMONT RD superior single and twin rooms. Buccleuch RR SCIENNES RD 02 WA taught (PGT) student from outside the Place Lane offers 136 rooms in new-build For students coming to Edinburgh with centre, with the Royal Mile and Princes UK and EU; or Street close by. flats with en-suite shower rooms. a partner or a family, we do have limited 14 E dinburgh College of Art (ECA) DA • you are a single postgraduate research accommodation suitable for families. L KE (typically PhD) student, whether from Our recently developed, award-winning The ECA main building, where you’ll find ITH studio and exhibition space, is based on RD the UK, EU or international. O’Shea Hall postgraduate village complex Private sector accommodation 18 Lauriston Place, close to George Square. at Holyrood provides fantastic and If you are not guaranteed an offer of 09 In such cases, guarantees apply as long as: convenient options for more than 1,100 University accommodation, or choose not TO EDINBURGH 15 N ew College • your accommodation application is BIOQUARTER The striking New College – home to the students. Unique to the UK is the main to take up such an offer, you will probably School of Divinity – lies close to Edinburgh received by 31 July 2020; residence hall (O’Shea Central) with 480 need to use the private sector. For more Castle and overlooks Princes Street. • you have accepted an unconditional en-suite bedrooms incorporating a large information, please visit: www.accom. firm offer to study at the University 16 H olyrood communal kitchen with space for all ed.ac.uk/for-students/private-housing MAY The Moray House School of Education is by 31 July 2020; residents to cook, eat and get together. or edin.ac/private-accommodation FIEL near the Royal Mile, the Scottish Parliament • you will be studying in Edinburgh for the Each student has allocated cupboard, DR and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. whole of the academic year starting in fridge and freezer space and access to a D 01 17 King’s Buildings September 2020. bookable dining room. The main common Science and engineering subjects (other room on the ground floor can be enjoyed than informatics) are taught at King’s Online applications for accommodation by all residents to come together to study Buildings, a 10-minute bus ride from the WE can typically be made from the beginning or celebrate. There is a dedicated study THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY S T M A I N S RD Central Area. of March. Offers of accommodation are room, a TV room and four bookable music 12 18 E dinburgh Bioquarter then made from the end of May onwards. rooms equipped with instruments. The Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh lies four 17 miles from the city centre, next to our We also offer accommodation for those 05 medical teaching and research facilities. with disabilities. For details, please contact KING’S BUILDINGS 19 E aster Bush/Roslin our Allocations team. CAMPUS Six miles south of the Central Area is the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Residence Life including the prestigious Small and Large University building Animal Hospitals and the Roslin Institute. Most of our properties are managed by 5-minute walk professional Wardens, supported by 20 W estern General 15-minute walk To apply, find out trained Resident Assistants who are usually The research-intensive facilities of the more or take a virtual students living on site, readily available to 07 Western General hospital are a 20-minute 19 bus journey from the Central Area. tour, please visit: address welfare or community issues. They View our maps online: www.accom.ed.ac.uk also stage social and academic activities. www.ed.ac.uk/maps TO EASTER BUSH CAMPUS
24 www.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2020 entry 25 Choosing your programme We offer a range of options for postgraduate study at Edinburgh. From professional qualifications to independent research, on-campus taught programmes to online part-time study, you’ll find a mode of learning that suits your needs. A full list of our programmes, with further Research programmes Integrated PhDs information about each and guidance on Masters by Research (MScR) While the normal duration of a PhD how to apply is available online: Duration: one year full time. is three years, there are some four-year www.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/degrees Programmes offered as MSc by Research models that incorporate additional are designed to prepare you for advanced research training and transferable skills Taught programmes research, although they can be taken as development and, in some cases, industrial Masters a qualification in their own right. An MSc collaboration. These programmes often Duration: typically one year full time but by Research is assessed by an extended, take place in Research Council funded occasionally can be longer if, for example, independent, written dissertation. centres, Centres for Doctoral Training the programme includes a placement. (CDT) or Doctoral Training Partnerships MPhil (DTP). They may include a masters by Masters programmes are designed to Duration: two years full time. research (MScR) during the first year of deepen knowledge in a subject studied Programmes which are offered as an MPhil study (1+3 model). at undergraduate level, although some of are ideal if you need to develop strong our postgraduate offerings may be suitable all-round knowledge of your subject, Professional doctorates for students looking to change direction. in-depth understanding of a specialised Duration: three to seven years full time. Students on our taught masters programmes area, and the research skills to carry out Professional doctorates are specialist typically undertake a combination of taught and present a thesis – a piece of original qualifications designed for professional courses, assessment and supervised research for submission for a higher development in specific areas, such as research. Studies culminate in a degree. You may subsequently extend your engineering and psychology. Professional dissertation or equivalent project. studies to PhD registration subject to doctorates combine advanced research satisfactory progress. training, a substantial contribution Most of our taught masters programmes, to knowledge through your own across all subjects, lead to the award of PhD research and a rigorous reflection MSc to distinguish postgraduate masters Duration: three years full time. on professional practice. from our undergraduate MA. This is with A PhD is the highest academic research the exception of awards from Edinburgh qualification, entailing research training Postgraduate professional College of Art, which are normally and supervised research, either on a development postgraduate Master of Art (MA) or one-to-one basis with a supervisor or as Duration: varies. Master of Fine Art (MFA) awards. Other part of a research team. PhD students gain Aimed at working professionals, qualifications we offer include MBA, LLM, the specialist background knowledge for postgraduate professional development MMus, MEd and MTh. the projected research, and develop the (PgProfDev or PPD) allows you to skills appropriate to research in that field. advance your knowledge without the Their work culminates in a thesis. The time or financial commitment of a full Certificate or diploma precise focus of your research will be study programme. We offer a number Duration: varies. agreed with your supervisor and is likely to of courses as credit-bearing PPD. These If you’re unable to commit to a masters, develop over the course of the PhD. The courses can be recognised in their own many of our programmes have shorter PhD is assessed by an oral examination in right or the credit can be built up over study options that lead to the award of which you will defend your research thesis. time towards a PgCert, PgDip or Masters. a postgraduate certificate (PgCert) or postgraduate diploma (PgDip). Part-time study Please note that although many of our on-campus programmes offer part-time options, these are only available to UK and EU students due to UK visa regulations. “Edinburgh attracts the best and the brightest. My cohort was an especially strong group of highly eager learners from all walks of the educational field, many of whom I still call friends and consult now.” Michael Sean Gallagher, USA MSc Digital Education (Online Learning)
26 www.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/online-learning The University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Guide 2020 entry 27 Online programmes Since 2005, the University of Edinburgh has delivered flexible, online programmes to thousands of postgraduate students around the world. This allows you to study with us, wherever you live, alongside your work or other commitments. Today, we offer an exceptional range of For those looking for a shorter period MicroMasters programmes more than 70 innovative online of study, some of our programmes offer You will soon have the opportunity to programmes across a wide range of subject stand-alone courses which provide obtain masters-level education, without areas. We have around 3,500 students training on specific subjects. These the time or cost commitment of a full currently studying online programmes with are credit-bearing courses (up to 50 masters, through new study credentials us and we take the delivery of teaching postgraduate credits) and may contribute called MicroMasters programmes. These online just as seriously as we do on-campus. towards a postgraduate qualification in online courses will be delivered in Our online programmes are academically the future. Use the apply buttons for your partnership with edX, one of the world's equivalent to qualifications earned programme in the online Degree Finder leading online education platforms, and on-campus and delivered by dedicated to see if the Postgraduate Professional are designed to advance your career by academics, many of whom are leaders in Development option is available: providing deep learning in specific career Chris Slocombe Syeda Ra'ana Hussain their field. Your experienced programme www.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/degrees fields. MicroMasters programmes can help team and personal tutor will ensure you you develop your skills in a current or are fully supported in all aspects of your When you consider all the benefits of future role or can open the door for further student experience. flexible online study, it’s not surprising that postgraduate study. You can self-assess MSc History student from the United States MSc Paediatric Emergency Medicine even locally-based professionals choose your ability to undertake any course and student from Kenya Flexibility this option. will be able to access free content to ‘try The prestige of the University and the Our online, part-time format is particularly before you buy’. On successful completion flexibility of the programme attracted Ra'ana is able to transfer the lessons suited to students already in full- or A global academic community of a MicroMasters programme, you will be Chris to study MSc History online. learned from her online programme part-time employment or with other Distance isn’t a barrier when you choose awarded 30 postgraduate credits which professional or personal commitments. to study online. We offer a highly directly to her medical practice. will be recognised when applying for a It offers a flexible learning environment participative learning environment, which related masters degree at the University that can be adapted to suit your individual is both supportive and intellectually of Edinburgh. needs. You can choose to study at a time stimulating. Students join us from all over and in a place that suits you, saving the world, adding their rich diversity of Find out more: www.ed.ac.uk/ relocation costs. Our online learning professional and academic experience to online-learning/micromasters technology is fully interactive and allows a truly international learning community. I chose the University of Edinburgh for two reasons. I work in a Paediatric Accident & Emergency you to communicate with your highly Our students value the different Firstly, it’s one of the top universities in the world, department in one of the biggest tertiary hospitals qualified teaching staff from the comfort perspectives their fellow students bring, particularly for the humanities. Secondly, one of my in Nairobi, and since we receive our fair share of of your own home or workplace, or on the and welcome the support provided by favourite 19th century Americanists, David Silkenat, casualties, it was natural to find a course that would go. You will have access to our excellent our expert teaching staff. is part of the faculty in the School of History, Classics better equip me with the knowledge and skills resources and will become part of a & Archaeology. required to provide the best care to every patient. supportive online community, bringing Career benefits I was attracted by the flexibility of the study, the One of the best parts of the paediatric emergency together students and tutors from around the world and enabling you to have the Many of our students have chosen to study a postgraduate qualification online 5,000 rigour of the coursework and the friendliness of the medicine course is that not only do I get to implement students have faculty and staff. There is a vibrancy to this the evidence-based knowledge and skills learnt from ‘Edinburgh experience’ wherever you live. in order to enhance their existing career graduated from programme that simply didn’t exist at the other the online cases to my everyday practice, but I also or to enable them to move to a new one. our online universities I considered. learn about rare cases that we don’t regularly have the Most of our students opt to study to Studying online while working means you programmes. Working full time and with two children, I needed a opportunity to experience first-hand, enabling me to masters level on a part-time basis, but can immediately apply what you learn to programme that allowed me to balance my history work provide optimal care if and when the need arises. it is also possible to study some your profession, combine the theoretical programmes full time or to exit earlier with the practical, and bring a global with my other commitments and this has been ideal. The course ensures that, every week, we are in with a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) or perspective to your role and profession. Studying on the programme, I have really felt myself communication with not only our lecturers, who are postgraduate certificate (PgCert). Some The critical and analytical research skills grow as a historian, both as a thinker and a writer. incredibly supportive, but with other students from programmes can be studied intermittently, gained during a masters can also be a I appreciate the wonderfully constructive feedback around the globe. This interaction brings up different allowing you to take up to six years to platform for advanced research such as I’ve received – the work is challenging but I’ve enjoyed challenges and diverse perspectives without having complete a masters. In addition to a PhD, and many students go on to have being pushed to grow! to leave our respective countries, creating a kind of compulsory courses, you can choose their work published in high-impact global village. We have the added advantage of option courses from a variety of journals and at conferences. I plan to pursue a PhD in history, and I am better flexibility which is especially important when you programmes, allowing you to tailor your prepared for the rigours of that because of this work in a busy hospital setting! studies to suit your individual interests Find out more programme. As important has been the encouragement and requirements, and enhance your You can find out more at our online I’ve received to continue developing as a scholar; the career opportunities in an increasingly learning open days, which take place in faculty here really root for you! competitive marketplace. the spring each year: www.ed.ac.uk/ postgraduate/online-learning-open-day
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