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MLitt in Museum Studies (Anthropology)

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.

Programme Director: Prof Alison Brown

 MLitt Museum Studies Leaflet

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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.

Programme Director: Dr Johan Rasanayagam


MSc in Energy Politics and Law (Politics and International Relations)

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.

Programme Director: Dr Bennett Collins

MSc International Finance and Political Relations (Politics and International Relations)

This programme combines the strengths of the School of Social Science and the Business School to explore the intersection between money, politics and power and the relationship between international finance and policymaking at the transnational level.  This programme is designed to train specialists for careers in the international finance or in the government/non-government (NGO) sectors, where an understanding of global flows of money, trade and labour, and the global distribution of wealth they engender, is required.

Programme Director: Dr John Bone

MSc in International Political Economy (Politics and International Relations)

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.

Programme Director: Dr Ritu Vij

MSc in International Relations (Politics and 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.

Programme Director: Dr Ritu Vij

MSc in International Relations and International Law (Joint Programme)

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.

Programme Director: Dr Ritu Vij

MSc in International Relations and Management (Politics and International Relations)

The MSc in International Relations and Management combines the study of how current international political and economic issues impact on how governments, businesses and other organisations operate globally.

Programme Director: Dr Ritu Vij

MSc in Strategic Studies (Politics and International Relations)

A long-established programme that delivers a thorough understanding of three core themes. First, it explores the theory and application of power, force, and related instruments to achieve national and international security and defence objectives. Second, it examines the characteristics, strains, and complex nature of regional and global security challenges from Western and non-Western (especially China) perspectives. Third, the programme considers the impact of emerging technology on strategic affairs.

Programme Director: Dr James Johnson


MSc in Strategic Studies and International Law (Joint Programme)

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.

Programme Director: Dr James Johnson

MSc in Strategic Studies & Management (Joint Programme)

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.

Programme Director: Dr James Johnson

MSc in Strategic Studies and Energy Security (Politics and International Relations)

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.

Programme Director: Dr James Johnson

MSc Strategic Studies and Diplomacy (Politics & International Relations)

The MSc Strategic Studies and Diplomacy is a programme for all those interested in the workings and interactions of governments across various levels, concerning governments which have both friendly relations and those which endure more strained relations.

Progrmme Director:  Prof Mervyn Bain

MSc in Policy Evaluation (Sociology)

The MSc in Policy Impact builds on the extensive methodological expertise of the School of Social Science and its history of providing excellent methodological training via the Master’s in Research programmes. Further, the programme takes advantage of the University’s relationships with government and non-governmental organizations to provide students with the option of a hands on M&E experience with real world organizations engaged in policy formation and implementation. Graduates will therefore have unique academic and practical experiences which will help them compete successfully in the job market.

Programme Director: Prof Gearoid Millar

MSc in Peace and Conflict Studies (Sociology)

The degree is designed for students wishing to develop an advanced knowledge of the intellectual terrain of conflict resolution and post-conflict peacebuilding. It familiarises students with the central theoretical, conceptual, and empirical dimensions of well-developed approaches conflict resolution (or “peacemaking”) and the more recent mechanisms of post-conflict peacebuilding which have expanded and developed over the past twenty years. It also addresses and examines the intersections between these two areas of study, particularly discussing the interaction and overlap between peacemaking and peacebuilding theory and processes. As such, it subjects the processes of peacemaking and peacebuilding to critical reflection by considering the boundaries and interactions between the two, the limits to and challenges of administering mechanisms for peace, justice and development within conflict-affected societies, and the ongoing challenges for both of local ownership, evaluation, and sustainability. The degree works both as a stand-alone programme for students wishing to enhance their knowledge of this area to an advanced level in order to pursue a career in Peace and Conflict intervention practice, as well as providing the necessary bases for students wishing to pursue PhD and related studies in Peace and Conflict Studies, conflict resolution or peacebuilding in the social sciences.

Programme Director: Prof Gearoid Millar

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.

Programme Director: Dr Luisa Gandolfo

MRes in Social Science (Joint Programme)

The MRes in Social Science is a one-year research degree, combining specialist and generic training to equip you with transferable skills for graduate employment in the public, private and third sector. It also lays the foundation to undertake future doctoral studies.

Programme Director: Dr Chris Kollmeyer