Postgraduate Taught

We offer a wide range of new and well-established postgraduate programmes in the areas of:

Anthropology || Politics and International Relations || Sociology


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MLitt Museum Studies

The MLitt in Museum Studies makes extensive use of the University’s internationally important collections and museums to explore museum history, collections, practices and social roles. The programme gives practical experience of working in a museum, working closely with professional and academic staff.


MSc in People and Environment

The MSc People and Environment is a one year full-time or two year part-time programme in environmental anthropology. The programme draws on cutting edge research by anthropologists at Aberdeen to provide students with an ecological and philosophical education.

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MRes in Social Anthropology

The MRes in Social Anthropology is a one year postgraduate course providing training in anthropological research. It draws on the wide range of expertise within the Department and also provides access to the library, archival and museum collections of the University of Aberdeen.

MRes Programme Handbook

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Politics & International Relations

International Political Economy

MSc International Political Economy

What determines who gets what, why and how in the global economy? How do states, markets, classes and individuals shape the global distribution of wealth and poverty? Can capitalism in the 21st century be re-regulated to promote global re-distributive, ecological and social justice? This course offers an exploration of these questions and a rigorous, inter-disciplinary study of the interactions of global politics and economics.


MSc Energy Politics & Law

The degree in Energy Politics and Law will give an in-depth understanding of energy politics and law issues and an introduction to energy economics. Opportunities exist for working on dissertation projects in collaboration with companies and agencies in the energy industry.

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MSc in International Relations

The MScIR/Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations (IR) provides a sustained engagement with key issues in contemporary International Relations including development & political economy, critical & human security, globalisation, gender, identity, human rights, and governance.

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MSc in International Relations & International Law

The joint programme in International Relations and Law at Aberdeen is an innovative course – one of only three across the UK. It offers students seeking careers in governmental institutions, international organisations and international non-governmental organisations the opportunity to advance their understanding of law and politics in the international arena.

International Security

MSc in International Security

A research degree providing an opportunity to study, in depth, a selected theoretical or operational issue which is challenging the international security regime of the modern world.

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MSc in Latin American Studies

The MSc In Latin American Studies is the only taught Masters in Latin American Studies in Scotland and one of few in the UK to cover both Latin American politics and Latin American culture. The interdisciplinary nature of this programme allows traditional and contemporary methodological approaches to be used.


MSc in Strategic Studies

A long established programme that delivers a thorough understanding of two core themes. First, it investigates the theory and practice of the uses of power, force and related instruments to achieve national and international security objectives. Second, we examine the characteristics, strains and complex nature of security challenges and responses at regional and global levels.
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MSc in Strategic Studies & International Law

This programme combines an understanding of the theory and practice of the uses of power and force by states to achieve national and international security objectives with an appreciation of the development and implementation of international law, as it attempts to control coercion and limit violence in the international arena.

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MSc in Strategic Studies & Management

This programme draws upon core modules from the MSc Strategic Studies and the Business School MBA. The combined programme will study the synergy between the strategic policies, decision-making, leadership and operational applications of national and international security institutions and those of large and small organisations in the business and non-governmental sectors.

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Energy Security

MSc in Strategic Studies and Energy Security

This programme provides a detailed and engaging appreciation of the challenges to the security of upstream energy supply and the contributions of national and international strategies to addressing salient vulnerabilities.  

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MRes in Political Research

The M.Res in Political Research has two parts:  (a) a taught component of political science research skills training across four modules and (b) a supervised dissertation. Completing the first results in being awarded a Diploma in Political Research, and completing both components results in award of the Masters of Research (M.Res in Political Research).

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MSc in Comparative European Societies

The Masters programme in Comparative European Societies is designed for those who want to understand more about Europe and learn to access data that provides information and insight into European processes.  It addresses key issues such as the family, migration, xenophobia and quality of life in Europe.


MSc in Global Conflict & Peace Processes

The degree is designed for students wishing to develop an advanced knowledge of the intellectual terrain of intrastate conflict and contemporary approaches to the management of violent conflict.


MSc in Globalization 

This degree programme is designed for students wishing to develop an advanced understanding of globalization, employing interdisciplinary perspectives and a range of social science methods to analyse the economic, political, social, and cultural effects of globalization.

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MSc in Post-Conflict Justice & Peacebuilding

This degree familiarises students with the central theoretical, conceptual, and empirical dimensions of post-conflict justice and peacebuilding and explores how these have changed over time. The degree is focused on the public policies and mechanisms by which justice is claimed to assist peacebuilding and reconciliation - memory, truth recovery, forgiveness and reparations.

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MSc in Religion & Society

This programme focuses on charting comparatively the dynamics of religious belief and practice in the modern world. It is designed for students interested in discovering, discussing and evaluating the empirical evidence for secularization and the persistence of religious beliefs across the world religions.

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MSc in Sex, Gender Violence: Contemporary Critical Approaches

In this programme the focus will be on the relationships between sex, gender and violence. Questions underpinning the programme and core course include: How are gender, sex and violence inter-connected? Do they co-produce each other? Why does legislation against violence so often transpire as inadequate?

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MSc in Sociology

This programme covers the core theoretical and methodological issues in sociology and offers a series of elective courses covering some of the main specialisms of our Department.  It’s particularly well suited for those wishing to extend their knowledge of sociology into the postgraduate level, or for those with little or no experience of sociology who want to equip themselves for advanced study in the future.

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MRes in Social Research

The MRes in Social Research is a one-year research degree, combining specialist and generic training to equip postgraduate students to undertake advanced doctoral study and to apply social research to public, private and third sector work and policy contexts.