The School of Health in Social Science deliver two undergraduate degree programmes: BN (Hons) Nursing with registration as a Nurse (Adult branch) and MA (Hons) Health in Social Science.

Truly extraordinary interdisciplinary study in the worlds of health and social science. Why not widen your horizons with our MA (Hons) Health in Social Science and explore experiences of wellness and illness across local, national, and global perspectives? Or join our community of highly trained nurses and prepare yourself for employment in the constantly evolving healthcare landscape with our BN (Hons) Nursing?

Why choose undergraduate study in the School of Health in Social Science?

  • You can customise your learning by studying a course from a University-wide range of options in Year 1. Then, in Years 3 and 4, you can choose honours options to develop your specialist interests within your programme 

  • Both of our undergraduate programmes offer an opportunity to study abroad in in Year 3, giving you the opportunity to experience healthcare in an international context

The University is consistently ranked as one of the top 50 universities in the world, and 12th in the world for Arts and Humanities (THE World University Rankings 2024). The University is ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Research Excellence Framework 2021 THE Ranking) and is consistently ranked in the top 10 in the UK for graduate employability. We are well regarded by recruiters seeking talented graduates, with High Fliers Research ranking us as the 9th most targeted university in the UK for 2021/22, and our graduates are ranked 25th in the world by employers (QS World University Rankings 2022).

Student support and community in the School of Health in Social Science

We have a dedicated team of student advisers who are available to support you throughout your degree. We also offer many student community events throughout the year, providing opportunities for you to mingle and make connections with your peers outside of the classroom.

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What can I study?

MA (Hons) Health in Social Science is a 4-year undergraduate degree programme that offers an opportunity to build a robust understanding of the complexity of human experience in the areas of health, illness and the social arrangements for care.

As one of the first universities to offer a nursing degree in the UK, the University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of preparing graduate nurses. Our graduates are highly regarded both nationally and internationally in the nursing profession.

How and when do I apply?

You must apply online through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. You should apply by the relevant deadline to make sure your application is considered. 

Your school or college will normally be able to guide you through your application. If you are applying independently, UCAS can advise on the application process. 

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Fees and funding

Like other UK universities, we charge different fees depending on your tuition fee status. Your tuition fee status is determined by your nationality and the country where you normally live. Each application undergoes an initial screening so we can check your tuition fee status. 

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Further information

Find out more about studying an undergraduate course at the University of Edinburgh, including information about open days, entry requirements, student life, and beyond: 

Undergraduate Study at UoE