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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    History & Archaeology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Tuition fees vary between degree programmes. Find the specific fees for your chosen programme on our website

  • Last Updated

    03 October 2019

Programme Description

This comprehensive programme allows you to take full advantage of the breadth of our research expertise. 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.

Programme structure

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 under the guidance of an assigned supervisor.

The compulsory courses are

  • Historical Methodology
  • 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:

  • Thinking with Things: History and Material Culture Studies
  • Literature and History in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland
  • Medieval Men and Masculinities
  • Studying Women in Late Medieval England: Sources and Approaches
  • Medieval Travellers in the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia
  • Propaganda in Renaissance Scotland
  • Constantinople: The History of a Medieval Megalopolis from Constantine the Great to Suleyman the Magnificent
  • The Global Renaissance
  • Slavery in the British Atlantic World, 1650-1834
  • The Scientific Revolution in Global Perspective
  • The European Enlightenments, 1670 - 1820
  • The Material Culture of Gender in Eighteenth Century Britain
  • Edinburgh's Slavery Connections: Research Seminar
  • History as Romance, Profession, Critique: Theory and Scholarship in the West, 1835 to 1985
  • Gender, Crime and Deviancy: Britain c. 1860-1960
  • Revolutions in Modern Europe
  • Gender and Empire: Contested Meanings and Divergent Practices
  • American Borderlands: Histories of the Western Hemisphere
  • An Unhappy Valley: Mau Mau, culture and colonialism in Kenya's highlands ca.1895-ca.1964
  • Conservatism in the United States, c.1930-c.1990
  • War and Identities in Twentieth Century Britain and Ireland
  • Thinking the 20th Century - Hannah Arendt and the breakdown of European Civilization
  • Cinema and Society in South Asia, 1947-Present
  • The United States and the Cold War
  • China's foreign and security policy: a twentieth-century perspective
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Citizens and Subjects: concepts of citizenship in modern African intellectual history
  • Contemporary Scotland
  • Genocide in Contemporary History
  • Narrating Native Histories
  • A Cultural History of Photography
  • The Sources of Medieval History
  • Themes in American Historiography
  • Introduction to Contemporary History
  • The Crusades: Thirteenth Century Crossroads
  • Myth and the History of Scholarship in Early Modern Europe
  • The Germans and the East: Myth, Migration and Empire 1795 - 1970
  • The British Empire in Political Thought
  • Debating Marriage between Antiquity and the Middle Ages
  • Currents of Radicalism, 1776-1848

Career opportunities

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.


Visit the History (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

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