This comprehensive programme provides the platform to pursue studies in everything from medieval Scotland to revolutionary America, the Cold War, Renaissance Italy, modern China, Japan, India or postcolonial Africa. We’ll help you to develop a specialised knowledge and understanding of history and its central issues, examine historical sources, evaluate existing research, and work towards a specialised research project of your own.
Taught by one of the largest groups of historians in any British university,you will encounter a stimulating environment in which to further your interest in practically any era of history and many regions of the world.By joining this programme you’ll also take part in a rich programme of events featuring our renowned academic staff and distinguished visitors from all over the world.
You will take a variety of seminar-style courses in small groups. Most courses are assessed by means of an extended piece of written work, while some courses may also assess non-written skills. You will complete two compulsory courses and select a further four options from a wide range on offer. You will then complete an independent research dissertation and will be assigned a supervisor from the outset.
The compulsory courses are
Historical Research: Skills and Sources.
Option courses previously offered include those listed below. Option courses change from year to year and those available when you start your studies may be different from those shown in the list:
Slavery in the British Atlantic World, 1650-1834
The Material Culture of Gender in Eighteenth Century Britain
Conservatism in the United States, c.1930-c.1990
The Civil Rights Movement
The Sources of Medieval History
Themes in American Historiography
The United States and the Cold War
War and Identities in Twentieth Century Britain and Ireland
History as Romance, Profession, Critique: Theory and Scholarship in the West, 1835 to 1985
Propaganda in Renaissance Scotland
The Crusades: Thirteenth Century Crossroads
Cinema and Society in South Asia, 1947-Present
Introduction to Contemporary History
Genocide in Contemporary History
Medieval Men and Masculinities
Myth and the History of Scholarship in Early Modern Europe
Thinking the 20th Century - Hannah Arendt and the breakdown of European Civilization
Citizens and Subjects: concepts of citizenship in modern African intellectual history
The Germans and the East: Myth, Migration and Empire 1795 - 1970
Literature and History in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland
The British Empire in Political Thought
Debating Marriage between Antiquity and the Middle Ages
The Scientific Revolution in Global Perspective
Revolutions in Modern Europe
Studying Women in Late Medieval England: Sources and Approaches
Constantinople: The History of a Medieval Megalopolis from Constantine the Great to Suleyman the Magnificent
Gender, Crime and Deviancy: Britain c. 1860-1960
Currents of Radicalism, 1776-1848
Our students view the programme and a graduate degree from Edinburgh as an advanced qualification valued and respected by many employers, others are interested in pursuing long-term academic careers and therefore consider the MSc as preparation for a PhD. The combination of skills training courses, specialised seminars, and independent research provides you with transferable skills that will be beneficial whatever path you choose.
Graduates pursue 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 on the transferable skills gained and enter areas as diverse as business, media, public administration and marketing.
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