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Course content

  • Gain a deeper understanding of economic fundamentals, and the origins and likely long-term consequences of contemporary economic policies
  • Learn how to apply rigorous economic analysis to deepen our understanding of the past
  • Compare economic growth and living standards across space and time using both qualitative and quantitative approaches to historical data
  • Make an original contribution to our understanding of past economies through your research dissertation

What will you study?

  • Research methods
  • Current themes in economic history research
  • Approaches to ancient trade and navigation
  • The archaeology of money: coins, power and society
  • Topics in the history of finance

What career can you have?

Thanks to the possibility of building your own pathway within our MA programme, you can specialise in your preferred area.

You may continue your academic development with doctoral research, or pursue a career as a teacher, archivist, or in museums. Many of our students have specialised in local history and later progressed to jobs in the heritage and conservation sector.

In addition, your experience of individual research will help you to develop valuable transferable skills. You will have demonstrated your ability to understand and apply complex ideas; to collect and analyse large quantities of information; to manage your own time and motivate yourself; to construct reasoned and articulate arguments; and to reach carefully balanced judgements. This should equip you to embark upon a range of professional careers.


Visit the Economic History MA by Research page on the University of Reading website for more details!

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