College of Humanities & Social Science

Master's Programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Social Sciences (3)
Computer Science & IT (2)
Business & Management (1)
Education & Training (1)



Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top universities.

In 2002, the University underwent a major internal restructuring, when the existing faculties were reorganised into three Colleges, containing a total of 22 Schools. The three Colleges are:

  • Humanities and Social Science
  • Science and Engineering
  • Medicine and Veterinary Medicine


The College of Humanities and Social Science is the largest of the three Colleges in the University of Edinburgh. It has 11 Schools, 16,300 students and 1,460 staff. An advantage of its size is the very wide range of subjects and research specialisms you can choose from. There are over 300 undergraduate and 200 taught postgraduate programmes


In the College of Humanities and Social Science, we are proud of the breadth of our research, and the high grades we gained in the REF2014. We have built on this strength to attract international researchers, and now have over 1200 researchers and many major research centres based in our Schools.The College is also an important focus in the University for Continuing Professional Development courses for professional graduates, and for Continuing Personal Education, delivered mainly to people living locally. The Office of Lifelong Learning provides these part-time and short courses, during the day and in the evenings.


Our award-winning Careers Service can help with your career choices, and offer practical advice about how to progress your career goals.The service offers advice, guidance and careers information for all students and our recent graduates.Careers Service staff can also help you to work while you study or advise on volunteering opportunities.We have one of the most entrepreneurial student bodies in the UK. We have helped launch almost 100 new businesses in the last three years, ranging from language tuition to robotics companies.

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GSSA 2021

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Student Life

Campus life

The University offers many ways in which you can enhance your time at Edinburgh, like the following:

  • Studying abroad
  • Learning a language
  • Volunteering and work placement options
  • Taking a course in statistical literacy

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom


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