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History provides us with a fascinating range of events, cultures and facts about how historical events shape who and where we are now. Aberdeen has over 500 years of teaching and research in history in the UK's 5th oldest university. This programme allows you to choose some direction but also gives you the opportunity to prepare research utilising all academic methods offered to really enjoy and advance your subject area.

The University specialises in many areas of history which include country history and types of history. It was ranked as a leading university in Scotland for History Research Impact (2nd REF) The area feeds into wider research in Irish and Scottish Studies, medieval and Modern Studies and World History and Global Empires. There are special collections of Jacobite materials, The MacBean Collection of Catholic heritage and estate papers from the middle ages. The Sir Duncan Rice Library gives you further access to many collections and periods which you can study at your leisure.

The School offers research centres which you are welcome to attend events in. These include:

  • Aberdeen Centre for Russian and East European History
  • Centre for Celtic Studies
  • Centre for Early Modern Studies
  • Centre for Scandinavian Studies
  • Centre for the History and Philosophy of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • The North

The programme gives you intensive research training in Modern History preparing you for doctoral research or careers requiring research and communication.

Academics have published books and contributed chapters to the highly prestigious 'Cambridge History of Ireland, Oxford History of Poland-Lithuania' and others.

Courses listed for the programme


  • Special Subject
  • Engaging with Historiography
  • Presenting Historical Research
  • Research Preparation in Historical Studies
  • Dissertation in Historical Studies
  • Research Paper
  • Independent Reading in Historical Studies
  • Dissertation in Historical Studies

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • If you are interested in history and further study this is an ideal degree to continue your interests to the next steps 
  • Aberdeen is famous for Hector Boece who wrote his History of the Scottish People in 1520. He was the first principle and wrote the Chronicles of Scotland
  • Aberdeen was founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland. Kings College allows you to study in stunning historical architecture of 'Old Aberdeen'

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September

International Student Fees

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  • International
  • EU and Scotland
  • Other UK

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*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.



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Entry Requirements and Study Support

Living in Aberdeen

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  • Your Accommodation
  • Campus Facilities
  • Aberdeen City
  • Student Support
  • Clubs and Societies

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Visit the Modern History MLitt page on the Aberdeen University website for more details!





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