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About the Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies

Discover your subject from a truly interdisciplinary perspective with the Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Interdisciplinary study

Graduate School degrees use ideas from different disciplines to give students a more rounded understanding of their subject.

Learning across subject boundaries

Interdisciplinary learning is at the heart of the Graduate School. Core modules on Graduate School degrees use themed seminars led by subject experts from across the University. Students consider their subject from different disciplinary perspectives, developing an interdisciplinary understanding. This approach also enables students to show skills such as flexibility and creativity.

Optional modules allow students to further develop the interdisciplinary character of their studies.

In the end of degree project students explore a topic in depth. The project can also be interdisciplinary in scope and may have an applied character. On most degrees, students have a choice in how to present the project. This might be as a dissertation or in more applied format - such as a policy report or multi-media portfolio.

Academic and personal skills

Graduate School Masters degrees help students develop advanced subject knowledge and research skills. Students also develop skills in:

  • critical thinking and creativity
  • analysis and appraisal
  • problem solving and decision making
  • personal leadership and project management
  • interpersonal communication and team working

Core modules have an integrated skills development programme. The skills development programme connects academic learning with the development of professional skills.

The skills development programme has three parts. Study support sessions prepare students for postgraduate study. Career support sessions help students look beyond their degree. Experiential sessions address real social justice problems faced by partner organisations.


The Graduate School is a vibrant, stimulating postgraduate community. Graduate School events bring students together and help foster interdisciplinary identity. Students make social and intellectual connections within and across their Masters degree groups.

St Leonard's Postgraduate College

The University postgraduate community, St Leonard’s Postgraduate College, welcomes Graduate School students. St Leonard's Postgraduate College hosts networking and training events for all postgraduates. Through these Graduate School students can make connections with postgraduates from other schools.

Postgraduate Society

St Leonard’s Postgraduate College works closely with the Postgraduate Society. The Postgraduate Society is one of the Students’ Association's most active societies. All Masters students are welcome into the Postgraduate Society. The Postgraduate Society organises events for postgraduates. These include beach bonfires, day trips around Scotland, pub nights, and graduation balls.

History and location

The Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies welcomed its first students in 2018. The Graduate School now welcomes students from around the world. In 2020 more than 90 students joined Graduate School MSc and MLitt degrees.

Now based in the Bute Building, the Graduate School will move to the Old Burgh School in 2021. The Old Burgh School has office, teaching, and study space for the Graduate School. It will also be home to the University’s postgraduate study centre.

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