University of Edinburgh

College of Humanities and Social Science

Nationalism Studies


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc- Nationalism Studies, Diploma Nationalism Studies

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Introduction: 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. Programme aims: 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. Careers: 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. Core Courses 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.  Optional Courses 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 International Security 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.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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