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The Early Modern History Masters focuses on the late 15th to late 18th centuries, looking at the social, political and cultural history of Scotland, England, France, Scandinavia, the Low Countries, Italy and North America.

Why this programme

  • Glasgow is home to the Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies.
  • Glasgow is an outstanding resource hub for the study of History. On campus, the University Library holds superb printed and manuscript collections from the medieval to the present. You can also use the Baillie Collection of printed medieval and modern sources in Scottish, Irish and English history. The University’s Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery provides access to primary source materials in fields such as fine art, numismatics and ethnography. The city is home to world-class museums and galleries, the Mitchell Library and Glasgow Women’s Library.
  • We are a dynamic and supportive research community, where you’re encouraged to take part in many research-led initiatives such as seminar programmes, reading and research groups.

Programme structure

You’ll take:

  • One core course
  • Five optional courses

You’ll also produce a dissertation.

Semester 1: September to December

  • Research, Resources and Skills for Historians (RRSH) (Core course)
  • Two OR three optional courses

Semester 2: January to March

  • Research, Resources and Skills for Historians (RRSH) (Core course)
  • Three OR two optional courses

Summer: April to September

Dissertation

Find out more about core and optional courses

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

The research skills and methods you’ll gain on this programme give you the transferable skills you need for positions in the public and private sectors, including heritage policy and projects, media and teaching. The programme is also a good foundation for a PhD.


Visit the Early Modern History (MLitt) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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