University of Dundee - School of Social Sciences

Introduction

Social sciences encapsulate many of the academic areas that shape society. These include how we are governed (law), where we live (architecture, planning, and geography), how economies and businesses function (business and management studies), the choices we make (psychology) and our politics and international relations. Essentially anything that influences how people think and behave.

What you can study

  • Architecture & Urban Planning
  • Business
  • Geography
  • Energy Law & Policy (CEPMLP)
  • Environmental Science
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Politics

Institute of Social Sciences Research

We are engaged in understanding the world’s most complex and challenging issues. These range from health, work and well-being to climate change and community resilience and from security and social justice to the experiences of children, families, and relationships.

Our researchers work collaboratively with policy and practice communities in Scotland, the UK and internationally to ensure their research has an impact beyond the academy.

We carry out world-leading research, which is founded on a unique combination disciplines: Law, Business, Energy Law and Policy, Geography, Environmental Science, Politics and International Relations, Psychology, Architecture and Urban Planning.

Our ground-breaking research is known for expertise, excellence, and impact and seeks to understand the world’s most complex and challenging issues. We pride ourselves on delivering research with significant impact on global innovation and international policy.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

Accounting, Management and Strategy MSc

Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 United Kingdom Dundee

Our MSc in Accounting, Management and Strategy will put you at the hub of day-to-day and strategic organisational life. Tomorrow’s management accountants and consultants are dynamic partners to business managers. They are leaders of change management projects, systems design, strategy formulation and much more. [+]

Overview

Our MSc in Accounting, Management and Strategy will put you at the hub of day-to-day and strategic organisational life. Tomorrow’s management accountants and consultants are dynamic partners to business managers. They are leaders of change management projects, systems design, strategy formulation and much more.

Leading-edge research indicates a broad knowledge of strategic management issues is becoming essential in all medium and large organisations. Financial and non-financial management has become an important requirement for managers across all business functions. Dundee is an elite university. It has designed this course to enable ambitious graduates to join the fast-changing worlds of management accountants, management consultants and global business managers.... [-]


Developmental Psychology MSc

Campus Full time Part time 12 months September 2019 United Kingdom Dundee + 1 more

With a focus on infant and child development, the course addresses a comprehensive range of topics surrounding typical and atypical development. Different theoretical approaches to development will be explored together with consideration of comparative and cross-cultural approaches. You will be taught by academic staff at the forefront of psychological research and conduct a dissertation under their supervision. [+]

Overview

With a focus on infant and child development, the course addresses a comprehensive range of topics surrounding typical and atypical development. Different theoretical approaches to development will be explored together with consideration of comparative and cross-cultural approaches. You will be taught by academic staff at the forefront of psychological research and conduct a dissertation under their supervision.

A distinctive feature of our course is the opportunity to participate in ongoing research that the University is conducting in partnership with local Education Services for the Research in Practice module. This provides practical experience of conducting psychological research with young children. It also provides the chance to experience psychological work in 'real world' settings and in collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams of professionals.... [-]


Energy Studies with Specialisation in Energy and the Environment MSc

Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 United Kingdom Dundee

The aim of the MSc programme is to prepare participants for managerial, advisory and academic positions in the energy sector. The programme aims to provide an intellectually challenging academic programme of study, which will demand of the student the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate key theoretical concepts and practical applications in energy with an emphasis on the economic dimensions of the subject. [+]

Overview

The aim of the MSc programme is to prepare participants for managerial, advisory and academic positions in the energy sector. The programme aims to provide an intellectually challenging academic programme of study, which will demand of the student the ability to analyse, synthesise and evaluate key theoretical concepts and practical applications in energy with an emphasis on the economic dimensions of the subject.

The world's long-term economic development depends on the existence of efficient, innovative and creative energy and resources industries. These, in turn, rely on individuals who possess a sound grasp of their legal, economic, technical and policy backgrounds.... [-]


International Law & Security MSc

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2019 United Kingdom Dundee + 1 more

The concept of security lies at the heart of many of the current international legal regimes. At the same time security interests, prompt nation states to define their national interest in different ways. This interdisciplinary degree provides an in-depth understanding of both International Law and International Relations pertaining to modern security issues, such as responses to terrorism, responses to the use of force generally and responses to threats to environmental security. [+]

Overall

The concept of security lies at the heart of many of the current international legal regimes. At the same time security interests, prompt nation states to define their national interest in different ways. This interdisciplinary degree provides an in-depth understanding of both International Law and International Relations pertaining to modern security issues, such as responses to terrorism, responses to the use of force generally and responses to threats to environmental security.

Why study this course at Dundee?

Security and the maintenance and promotion of security are key issues in international law and international relations. There are many career opportunities in these areas ranging from employment with an intergovernmental organisation such as the United Nations, to employment in an international court or tribunal, to advising government and securing a role in the military. If you intend to pursue such a career, then you will need a good understanding of why and how the international community and individual states are to respond to threats to international security. For this, you will need to understand the context in which decisions are made. international law and international relations provide that context.... [-]


International Oil and Gas Management MSc

Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 United Kingdom Dundee

The world's long-term economic development depends on the existence of efficient, innovative and creative energy and resources industries. These, in turn, rely on individuals who possess a sound grasp of their legal, economic, technical and policy backgrounds. [+]

Overview

The world's long-term economic development depends on the existence of efficient, innovative and creative energy and resources industries. These, in turn, rely on individuals who possess a sound grasp of their legal, economic, technical and policy backgrounds.

The CEPMLP is at the heart of these issues and provides the best in advanced education in its field, preparing its graduates to meet the challenges posed by the evolving global economy.

Throughout its history, the CEPMLP has achieved continuous growth and has established international pre-eminence in its core activities: scholarly performance, high-level academic research, strategic consultancy and top-quality executive education. Currently, we have over 500 registered postgraduate students from more than 50 countries worldwide.... [-]


International Relations MSc

Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 United Kingdom Dundee

This course offers a comprehensive analysis of international and global political issues. It focuses on some of the most contentious areas of international politics, including transatlantic relations, the future of the European Union and the re-emergence of Russia as a global political force. [+]

Overview

This course offers a comprehensive analysis of international and global political issues. It focuses on some of the most contentious areas of international politics, including transatlantic relations, the future of the European Union and the re-emergence of Russia as a global political force.

It also provides a thorough grounding in the academic study of international politics, focusing on the theoretical approaches and methods of analysis that constitute the bedrock of any serious postgraduate research in this field.

While Politics at Dundee is big enough to have a real international presence, it is still small and intimate enough to offer a friendly and responsive home for students from all backgrounds. This is more than a mere claim - independent surveys consistently rate politics at Dundee as among the best-received programmes in the country.... [-]


Management and International Business MSc

Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 United Kingdom Dundee

If you want to orientate your earlier degree qualification towards a career in management, this Masters programme will qualify you to succeed. [+]

Overview

If you want to orientate your earlier degree qualification towards a career in management, this Masters programme will qualify you to succeed.

Building on your graduate capabilities, you’ll gain the management and leadership skills needed to manage:

the business people and their performance crises and change projects and the associated risks

You will develop strategies to deal with global challenges and opportunities facing businesses. You can combine your management studies with a wide range of specialisms, depending on your preferred career path.

Learn from case studies and real-life projects how to put the latest academic thinking and business strategies into practice.... [-]


Social Research Methods MSc

Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 United Kingdom Dundee

Social research methods are a means of providing evidence to examine ideas about society - they are a way of 'knowing'. This course seeks to introduce you to a portfolio of research skills that will help you not only to become a competent researcher but also to expand your employment horizons. [+]

Overview

Social research methods are a means of providing evidence to examine ideas about society - they are a way of 'knowing'. This course seeks to introduce you to a portfolio of research skills that will help you not only to become a competent researcher but also to expand your employment horizons.

Social research methods are important not just to social scientists wishing to study a particular problem or to test a theory in a way that is be considered rigorous. They are also fundamental tools of value to government, service providers and to business. You will be gain skills in a diverse range of quantitative and qualitative research methods, taught by research-active staff in Geography. What makes the University of Dundee distinctive is its emphasis on the application of research to understand and tackle ‘real world’ problems. Throughout the MSc Social Research Methods, you will engage with ‘live’ research issues and external organisations. Our students go on to gain employment in government, research organisations and business; some take their studies further, undertaking a PhD.... [-]


Spatial Planning with Environmental Assessment MSc

Campus Full time Part time 12 - 24 months September 2019 United Kingdom Dundee + 1 more

The father of town planning, Patrick Geddes was a professor of botany at this University hence our strong historical links to the planning profession. The University of Dundee has been running the town and regional planning programmes for over fifty years with a proud list of its graduates who went on to take up positions of influence in shaping the development of quality cities and spaces across the world. Dundee, the city, is located in an idealistic location for learning planning. [+]

Overview

The father of town planning, Patrick Geddes was a professor of botany at this University hence our strong historical links to the planning profession. The University of Dundee has been running the town and regional planning programmes for over fifty years with a proud list of its graduates who went on to take up positions of influence in shaping the development of quality cities and spaces across the world. Dundee, the city, is located in an idealistic location for learning planning.

This course attracts students from a wide network of countries and varied professional backgrounds and this a unique environment to collaborate different experiences with other students.... [-]


Sustainability MSc

Campus Full time 12 months September 2019 United Kingdom Dundee

Sustainability has emerged as one of the defining issues of the 21st century. Achieving enduring and fairer societies requires viable economies, sound science and good governance. This course provides training in theory and critical analysis along with the practical skills to facilitate the transformations needed to deliver secure low carbon futures. [+]

Overview

Sustainability has emerged as one of the defining issues of the 21st century. Achieving enduring and fairer societies requires viable economies, sound science and good governance. This course provides training in theory and critical analysis along with the practical skills to facilitate the transformations needed to deliver secure low carbon futures.

The MSc in Sustainability is being introduced in recognition of the grand challenges of water, food, energy and health security facing the planet. The portfolio of environmental disciplines is exceptionally strong in the University as are its traditions of cross-disciplinary collaboration and cooperation.

Along with the flagship MSc in Sustainability, there are three specialised pathways:... [-]


Master

International Finance MFin

Online Full time 12 months September 2019 United Kingdom Dundee

If you want to orientate your earlier degree qualification towards a career in international finance, banking and insurance this master’s degree at the University of Dundee will set you on the right path. [+]

Overview

If you want to orientate your earlier degree qualification towards a career in international finance, banking and insurance this master’s degree at the University of Dundee will set you on the right path.

Like a conventional finance MSc, this course opens up the operation of modern business organisations and the role of financial institutions and capital markets in the global economy. However, the MFin degree is particularly suitable for those with or without a business degree who may wish to re-direct or extend their career path in this direction.

The course responds directly to employers’ needs and prioritises teamwork; research and data analysis; report writing; presentations and multi-cultural interaction.... [-]


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