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Course content

The Modern History Masters at Glasgow brings together social and political historians, active in research on topics from the French Revolution to refugees in the 20th century. The programme provides you with thorough research training and a wide set of transferable skills in the conception, design and execution of a research project.

Why this programme

  • Members of the Centre for Gender History, the Centre for War Studies and the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies are all leaders in their fields.
  • History at Glasgow is joint 4th in the UK for research excellence and impact (REF 2014).
  • Glasgow is an outstanding resource hub for the study of Modern History. On campus, the University Library holds superb printed and manuscript collections from the medieval to the present. You can also use the Baillie Collection of printed medieval and modern sources in Scottish, Irish and English history. The University’s Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery provides access to primary source materials in fields such as fine art, numismatics and ethnography. The city is home to world-class museums and galleries, the Mitchell Library and Glasgow Women’s Library.
  • We have a dynamic and supportive research environment, where you’re encouraged to take part in many research-led initiatives such as seminar programmes.

Programme structure

You’ll take:

  • One core courses
  • Five optional courses

You’ll also produce a dissertation.

Semester 1: September to December

  • Research, Resources and Skills for Historians (RRSH) (Core course)
  • Two OR three optional courses

Semester 2: January to March

  • Research, Resources and Skills for Historians (RRSH) (Core course)
  • Three OR two optional courses

Summer: April to September

Dissertation

Career prospects

The research skills and methods you’ll gain on this programme give you the transferable skills for positions in the public and private sectors, including heritage policy and projects, media and teaching. The programme is also a good foundation for a PhD.


Visit the Modern History - MLitt page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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