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Course content

The Scottish History Masters offers courses in social, political, religious, military and cultural history of Scotland from the medieval period through to the 20th century. The course focuses on Gaelic Scotland, Scotland’s place in the British Isles and Europe, and on urban Scotland. You’ll have access to excellent primary sources, including the Baillie Collection of printed medieval and modern sources in Scottish, Irish and English history.

Why this programme

  • Glasgow is home to one of the largest groupings of Scottish historians in the world who participate in the Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies with colleagues in related disciplines such as Archaeology, Scottish Literature, Celtic & Gaelic and Theology and Religious Studies.
  • Glasgow is an outstanding resource hub for the study of Scottish 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 write 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 needed 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 Scottish History - MLitt page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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