This innovative online programme allows you to take advantage of Edinburgh’s remarkable range of historical expertise from the comfort of your own home. Thanks to our e-learning tools and extensive digital resources, you can gain a world-class postgraduate qualification without the expense of relocating. Our flexible structure allows you to fit your studies around work or family commitments and to develop your own specialised interests under the expert guidance of experienced academics.
The thematic breadth of this programme means you can choose from a diverse range of topics from American politics to modern Japanese history, from interwar Europe to medieval Scottish history, and you will be able to further your own specialised interests through the dissertation.
The online MSc History is delivered entirely online. Both the core and option units are taught through a combination of live virtual seminars and discussion board forums. All of our teaching is divided into themed weeks.
The method of assessment will vary from course to course and may include essays, short reports on primary or secondary sources, discussion forum activity and presentations.
Each course has a dedicated lecturer responsible for running it and you can expect to receive regular feedback from them.
You can choose to apply for the MSc either full-time (in one year) or part-time (between two and four years).
You can study for a single course, a certificate, a diploma or the MSc, with a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 60 credits being undertaken in any given semester.
The certificate requires one core training course and two specialist options, while the diploma requires both training courses and four options. If you wish to earn the full MSc, you will complete the requirements for the diploma before going on to produce a dissertation based on independent research.
Historical Research: Approaches to History
Historical Research: Skills and Sources
Option courses may include:
The Lords of the Isles: Clan Donald, c.1336–c.1545
From Consensus to Thatcherism: Government and Politics in Post-War Britain
Seeking 'Japan' in a Westernising World: Revolution, Romance and Imperialism 1868–1945
Scotland and Ireland, 1800–1945
The Rise of Modern American Conservatism
The American Civil War
The Shadow of Versailles: Interwar Europe, 1918–1939
Willingly to War: the Origins of the First World War
Photography and Irish Life, 1839–2000
Angels and Inverts: Sexuality, Gender and Power in Britain, 1837–1914
Athens of the North – The Origins and Ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment
The Crusades and the Euro-Mediterranean world
Diaspora, Migration and Exile: The History of the Global Irish since 1600
Mythology and the History of Scholarship
Our students view the programme and a graduate degree from Edinburgh as an advanced qualification valued and respected by many employers. Those students interested in long-term academic careers consider the programme as preparation for a PhD.
The combination of skills training, specialised seminars, and independent research provides you with transferable skills that will be beneficial whatever path you choose. Graduates work in related areas such as museums, policy think-tanks, national and international civil services, non-governmental organisations, galleries, libraries and historic trusts whilst others build their transferable skills to enter business, media, public administration or marketing.
Visit the History (by online distance learning) (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!