The CCR aims to develop, by 2017, an attractive and innovative study offer for students at a range of levels.

Study opportunities will all have a strong interdisciplinary core, and will draw on the CCR’s collaborations across the University, and with practice, to provide a range of options for students at all levels. They will connect with practice by offering opportunities for students to study while gaining experience of working in a wide range of international contexts with the CCR’s partner organisations.

Postgraduate Masters in Cultural Relations

Current plans are that a Masters course will be launched in autumn 2017, in 2 forms:

  • A campus based, 12 month MSc programme, with an optional opportunity for a further 3 month, accredited or certificated work assignment with an international organisation; and
  • A wholly online MSc. Normally this will take about three years. The online learning programme will offer flexible exit routes, allowing students to shape their academic journey to suit their needs. The online programme will involve the same level of work overall as the on-campus programme, and the qualification is of equal value. Recognising the globally relevant nature of the subject, we are exploring options for delivery of the online course in languages other than English, though this development may be available later than 2017.



In addition, from 2016, we plan to launch two Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs):

  • Soft Power and influence in the 21st Century; and
  • Digital diplomacy.

MOOCs are freely accessible and open-licensed short courses, delivered to large cohorts of learners fully online. To date, more than 1 million people have signed up to Edinburgh courses across a broad range of subject areas, and they form part of the University’s commitment to knowledge exchange and community outreach.

The combination of academic excellence and practical experience ensure that CCR graduates are well placed for careers in international organisations, research institutes, think tanks, consulting firms, NGOs, government, party politics, and advocacy/lobbying organisations, amongst others.