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Welcome to the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
In studying at postgraduate level within the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, you'll better understand how human beings think, act and interact with one another and the world around them. Employers value this knowledge.
Research informs our teaching and helps us make a difference to business, industry and society as a whole. We have a vibrant research culture and our research is noted for its impact.
Our Graduate School is home to over 300 research students from more than 30 countries and we support their development through a tailored training programme.
Our schools offer a great selection of postgraduate level specialisms: education and learning; government and public policy; humanities and culture; justice and the law; life-long learning; psychological sciences and health; and social work and social policy.
We have strong links with governments, global organisations, in both the public and private sector and academic networks. Our graduates are sought-after and intellectually engaged – focused on applying knowledge, they know how the world works, and how to make it a better place.
Interested in exploring postgraduate study? Register for one of our events below. Our subject sessions are led by our programme leader and they’ll share with you what it is like to study at Strathclyde, followed by a Q&A.
Why consider postgraduate study?
- improve your employment prospects
- take the opportunity to delve into a subject you are passionate about
- enable progression to a higher level qualification, such as a PhD
- develop desirable skills for employability including communication, working with others, research and analysis, decision making, problem-solving and, adaptability and creativity
- study to suit your schedule, with many part-time options available
- there are a number of scholarships available to support your studies
As a political science scholar, I believe it's my duty to educate and inspire students in political science. My goal is to ensure that our students are able to leave our MSc programs and follow their passion in politics and public policy so that they may make a real-world difference.
Politics course leader
MSc Political Research
The department's reputation for research preceded it and I'm confident that no other university could offer the combination of expertise, world-class training and constant support that could match that of the Government & Public Policy academics and support staff.
MSc Diplomacy & International Security
I really enjoyed the opportunity to carve my own multidisciplinary path. My cohort were encouraged to pursue courses across history, law and politics and to discover our own areas of interest and speciality.
LLM International Commercial Law
In terms of the quality of teaching at the university, it really is up there with the best. When speaking to different people along my journey, they always seem to recommend Strathclyde. I also had the opportunity to tailor the course to make it exactly what I wanted it to be, I like that about Strathclyde.
PGDE Secondary Education - English
Coming from the education sector, I found the PGDE programme at Strathclyde offered a fantastic module in educational perspectives and policies (EPP). These not only stimulated my thinking but became the bulwark for understanding the context of education in Scotland.
MSc Data Science for Politics
The MSc was also backed by The Data Lab Innovation Centre and I was lucky enough to be awarded one of their scholarships for the programme this year, meaning they covered almost all my tuition fees. This really motivated me to accept my offer on the MSc programme as it reassured me I was on the right path, and that other people thought I would succeed!
MSc Social Policy (Research Methods)
Glasgow is a welcoming and liveable city! I have found a great community at the local climbing gym and through the university. I love living here so much I am planning on staying for a few years after I graduate.
Kyle Fawkes, Canada
Global Environmental Law & Governance
The students in my programme hail from countries across four continents and each brings a unique academic or practical background to the class discussions. Many of the virtual activities have promoted intercultural exchanges and collaboration, which are invaluable opportunities in a programme that has a distinct focus on international relations.
Diplomacy and international security are among the most pressing issues facing the world today. Success or failure can have huge implications for society as a whole. I am interested in bringing together academics and practitioners. This has led to many fruitful collaborations over the years and the opportunity to present my work at places like the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
MSc Diplomacy & International Security, Programme leader
Quinn Thurston, Canada
PGDE Primary Education
One of the biggest draws for me was that I could do my degree in under a year here whereas in Canada a post-graduate degree in education is two years in nearly every university. I didn't want to go back to school for another two years, I felt my career was already underway and so Strathclyde's single year program was the only one that felt right to me.
Kyndall Green, United States
MLitt Media & Communication
The professors are a great support system, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. It’s hard to find highlights as I haven’t travelled to campus, but the professors have been an excellent and open resource to make the academic year feel as normal as possible.
MSc Education Studies
For me, this course provides me an opportunity to learn more theories about the philosophy of education and explore broader thinking space.
Access a wealth of support and resources for postgraduate study. Details on the application process, accommodation, fees and other useful information can be found here.Postgraduate support
The Union promotes, represents and supports students during their time at Strathclyde.
We provide secure accommodation for eligible students and have a dedicated Accommodation Services team to help you all year round.View our accommodation
Where to get advice and support
We're here to support and help you throughout your time at Strathclyde. All of our services are available to all students.
Disability & wellbeing
Our Disability & Wellbeing Service helps students with mental health and wellbeing support, disability and general health support. We also have a number of classes and groups that you can take part in.
If you are absent from classes due to illness, please refer to the Personal Circumstances Procedure to ensure your absence is recorded.
Coronavirus: information for applicants & offer holders
We understand that many of our applicants and offer holders are dealing with challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. We are undertaking a lot of work to try and ensure we manage the impact this may have on students who will be joining us.Coronavirus information & FAQs