Data, Inequality and Society

University of Edinburgh


Central Campus


What makes societies inclusive? How do data practices describe, amplify or confront problems of marginalisation and inequality? This new MSc programme from the Edinburgh Futures Institute brings advanced, cross-disciplinary knowledge together with sectors and experts who are committed to building inclusive and equitable global societies.

Inequality and exclusion lie at the heart of the ‘wicked problems’ that societies face today. You will learn to identify and address them through a collaborative approach that offers a critical and empirical exploration of the causes and consequences of inequalities in societies around the world. The programme offers you flexibility and choice in the way you study, supporting you to develop advanced knowledge of the ways in which data practices can exacerbate inequalities but also support projects and policies of inclusion.

You will develop your own understanding and ability to lead in building future inclusive societies by working with leading-edge knowledge, applying insights to a project you care about, and developing essential creative and practical skills to support your work. You will have access to sector experts and leading researchers addressing how we build and sustain more equitable societies. By supporting you to engage critically, this programme will help you develop your ability to lead positive change.

You can exit t the end of 9 months with PgCert Data, Inequality and Society.

You can exit t the end of 2 years with PgDip Data, Inequality and Society.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any discipline.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Part time (day)

Course Length

2-3 years


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Edinburgh Futures Institute

SCQF Level