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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    History & Archaeology

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time PgDip: 9 months full-time; 18 months part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    31 January 2018

Course content

Why this course?

This taught postgraduate programme aims to introduce you to advanced level study of history while deepening your historical understanding and awareness. You'll gain invaluable research tools and practical skills while studying a range of thematic, historiographical or theoretical topics across a broad chronological and geographical range.

You’re offered a wide choice of classes as well as rigorous training in historical research methods and sources. You can choose to study thematic, historiographical or theoretical topics across a broad chronological and geographical range. There’s also the possibility of specialising in a particular area such as:

  • international relations history in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • early modern Scottish history

You’ll study 

The course is organised into core and elective classes. The core class provides students with the skills required to undertake primary research while further skills training will be offered as optional classes. The opportunity to carry out an extended piece of original historical research and writing is provided in the form of the dissertation.

Classes can be built into a Masters degree. This can form the basis for future doctoral research funded by the:

  • Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • Economic & Social Research Council


MSc students also write a dissertation of 15,000 words. You’ll research a topic of your choice, under the supervision of a member of staff.


A full account of assessment will be provided in each module handbook. The pass mark is 50% in all classes.

Visit the Historical Studies MSc/PgDip page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!




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