M.Sc. On Campus

Science and Technology in Society

12 months
25300 GBP/year
16200 GBP/year
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This Science and Technology in Society programme at The University of Edinburgh offers a comprehensive introduction to the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies, and is intended for students wishing to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of science, technology and innovation in society.


Who this Science and Technology in Society programme at The University of Edinburgh is for

We welcome students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds with a keen interest in the complex and rapidly evolving relationships between science, technology and society.


In Semester 1 of the programme you will be introduced to key theories and contemporary academic debates in the field, including;

  • the sociology and social history of science and technology
  • innovation policy and management
  • the role of scientific expertise in policy making
  • science and technology for international development

In Semester 2, and during your dissertation research, you will be able to call on the expertise of our highly regarded academic staff. They will guide you in the application of your knowledge to address key societal issues and challenges. Depending on your interests, this work might relate to:

  • Energy and Environment
  • Life Sciences and Bioeconomy
  • Digital Social Science

Career opportunities

This programme is ideally suited if you are looking to enter a career in:

  • policy and government
  • technology management
  • social research and analysis
  • science communication
  • academia
  • non-governmental organisations

You will also develop a range of highly transferable skills, such as critical analysis, communication and project management, which can be applied to roles in any field.

Programme Structure

  • This programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, group work and guided independent study.
  • You will complete three compulsory courses in Semester 1 and three or four option courses in semester 2 and then work on an independently researched dissertation. 
  • You can also pursue a dissertation through a work-based placement.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16200 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • Home: £8,100
    • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.



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