This programme allows you to explore the links between history and current affairs, and discover how the recent past has shaped today’s world. It aims to provide excellent preparation for graduate research on most recent history in a global context.
It is designed to serve as a springboard for more graduate work at the PhD level or as a stand alone graduate degree that also benefits the individual graduate in a non-academic career.
The programme makes use of the city of Edinburgh’s unique archival and bibliographical resources (The National Archives of Scotland, The National Library of Scotland, the University’s library and archives), as well as of its role in current British politics. Contact with Scottish politicians and with foreign representatives in Scotland is envisioned as a supplementary part of the programme.
The programme combines methodological and substantive courses with intensive participation by the students. The analysis of diverse primary source material is essential, as is situating any research findings within an established historiographical tradition. You will also complete a substantial dissertation under expert supervision.
Compulsory courses: Historical Methodology Historical Research: Skills and Sources Introduction to Contemporary History
Optional courses: Anglo-Spanish Relations, 1936–1950 A Political Economy of Britain since 1945 Cinema and Society in Britain Conservatism in the United States, c1930–c1990 Contemporary Scotland Ethnicity, Class and Power in 20th Century Africa Gender, Crime and Deviancy: Britain c1860–1960 History as Romance, Profession, Critique: Theory and Scholarship in the West, 1835–1985 Home Rule in Ireland and Britain, 1800–2000 Making War, Making Peace: European International History, 1914–1945 The British at War, 1939–1945 Themes in African Social History Themes in Modern British and Irish Historiography Unionism in Ireland and Britain, c1800–2000 The Civil Rights Movement Armed Struggle: The Northern Ireland Troubles and their Origins The Politics of Historiography in Post-Colonial South Asia The United States and the Cold War The United States and the Vietnam War: Origins and Repercussions Thinking the 20th Century Hannah Arendt and the Breakdown of European Civilization Topics in Post-1945 European History
This programme provides a suitable foundation for advanced study, or a number of careers, for example politics or journalism.