The MSc/Diploma Nationalism Studies is an inter-disciplinary programme designed to give you an understanding of nationalism that is broad in scope and theoretically informed, while also tailored to your specific interests within the field.
We are able to do this because we draw on a range of expertise across the University, in the Centres of African Studies, Canadian Studies, South Asian Studies, and in Politics and International Relations, Economic and Social History, Social Anthropology, coordinating these contributions through the host subject area of Sociology, which together with the Institute of Governance plays a leading role in research on nationalism and national identity in the UK.
This stimulating research environment provides a range of seminars of interest to students of nationalism, showcasing the expertise of prominent international scholars and practitioners,
Scotland has its own version of nationalism, that led to the establishment of a Scottish Parliament, reviving national-level democratic institutions. It is a nationalism with deep cultural and historical roots, but one that develops largely through constitutional and civil forms of politics. Yet we know that nationalism engenders conflict and oppression elsewhere in the world. Thus having one kind of nationalism on our doorstep stimulates our comparative thinking, and hopefully will do the same for you if you come to study with us.
Our most basic aim is to provide you with a stimulating and intensive experience of intellectual inquiry into the phenomenon of nationalism. Along the way we seek to help you further develop your skills involved in posing meaningful questions, articulating viewpoints, exchanging ideas, conducting research, and communicating effectively through various media.
Specifically our programme aims to
give you a sense of the multidisciplinary nature of nationalism studies.
provide you with a thorough grounding in the central concepts and major theories of nationalism.
help you get a comprehensive view of the ideas and key figures in the field.
convey the need to understand nationalism in the context of long-term, historical social change.
identify key issues and problems in comparative and case study approaches to the study of nationalism.
provide explorations of a variety of substantive cases of nationalism, helping students to think concretely about the phenomenon.
enable you to carry out substantial independent research and write a dissertation on a topic of your interest within the field.
Our students have gone on to do internships and get jobs at governmental, non-governmental, educational and commercial institutions across the world, such as the East-West Institute in New York and the Council of Europe. Graduates have also gone on to doctoral programmes, at Edinburgh and around the world, pursuing degrees in African Studies, Economic and Social History, Political Science, International Relations and Sociology.
Structure and courses
The programme comprises six courses and a dissertation, and is available both on a full-time and a part-time basis.
The programme comprises two core courses:
Theories and Theorists in Nationalism Studies
Comparative Perspectives in Nationalism Studies
The first aims to give you a firm grounding in the key theoretical concepts and debates, and familiarity with leading figures in the field; The second provokes you to think about how to research nationalism, and presents a diverse range of actual cases/topics, as researched by members of our staff.
You can choose your remaining courses from a range substantive ones which may vary from year to year, and includes:
Africa in International Politics
Anthropology of Violence
Armed Force in Society
Comparative Territorial Politics
Contemporary War: Understanding Change and Continuity
Culture and Power
Cultures of Human Rights and Humanitarianism
Democratization and Europeanization in Central and Eastern Europe
Displacement and Development
Gender and Development
Genocide and Ethnic Conflict
Human Rights, Global Politics and International Law
Indigenous Politics, Culture and Screen in Canada
Institutions and Policies of the European Union
International Indigenous Politics
International Relations Theory
The Invention of History
Key Concepts in Global Social Change
The Middle East in International Politics
Nations and Nationalism
Political Economy of East Asia
Political Islam in the Middle East
The Politics of Migration in Europe
Race and Ethnicity
Religion and Global Society
Scotland: Social Structure and Social Change
Scottish Government and Politics
Social and Political Movements: Theory and Practice
South Asia: Culture, Politics and Economy
Supervised Readings in Nationalism Studies
War and Morality
Fully accredited by The University of Edinburgh and internationally recognised.
International Student Requirements:
For students whose first language is not English, detailed information about required English language qualifications can be found on our website.
Our website will also inform you which international qualifications meet our general entry requirements.