Masters degree in Economic History offer advanced study of the growth and development of various economies – and economic practices – throughout history. In some cases, they also include the study of industrialisationtopics such as Numismatics (currencies and coinage) or theories and processes such as Capitalism and Marxism.
Related subjects include Social History and World History. Entry requirements normally include an appropriate undergraduate degree, such as Economics, History or Business Studies.
And understanding of the world’s economies offers great insight into many of the institutions, organisations and corporations which are a part of day-to-day life across the world.
Studies in the History of Economics typically take an interdisciplinary approach, combining theory and methodology from Anthropology, History, Economics, Business Studies, Communications and Culture.
Economic History includes an analysis of topics such as demographics, labour markets, finance and even gender studies. For example, you might explore how the development of the silk trade, or Silk Road, opened huge terrestrial and maritime travel networks and influenced migration patterns by connecting the East and West in the 2nd century BC.
Careers in this field are highly varied, and may include financial forecasting for organisations in the public and private sector. They may also include roles in public policy and foreign affairs.
The MSc by Research in Economic & Social History is aimed at students who have a specific topic of interest into which they wish to conduct their own research.
The programme provides structured research training while at the same time enabling you to pursue a research project that you design yourself, in consultation with supervisors. It serves as both a self-contained research degree and a preparation for further study for the PhD degree.
Economic and social history addresses the historical processes underlying the evolution of modern society by employing a range of insights and approaches from the social sciences, including economics, sociology and social anthropology.
Edinburgh has a large and distinguished group of academics in this research area. Their specialist fields provide students with an outstanding range of options, both in terms of historical period and areas of the world.
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The programme combines lectures, seminars, tutorials, and computer-lab sessions. The skills and theory imparted in the research-training courses, along with many of the assignments, are designed to feed directly into the final dissertation work.
You will be examined through coursework and a dissertation totalling approximately 30,000 words.
The programme focuses on civil society, material culture, youth, gender, crime, cinema, economic growth and energy policy in a variety of historical contexts.
You take four compulsory courses and complete a dissertation. Each course is assessed by essays, usually of around 2,500 words.
Historical Research: Skills and Sources
Historical Methodology and Historiography
Economic and Social Theory for Historical Analysis
Supervised Reading Course
Option courses may include:
Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain
Material Culture of Gender in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Cinema and Society in Britain
Slavery in the Atlantic World
British at War: 1939–45
Cinema and Society in South Asia
Clothing and Culture in Comparative Historical Contexts
This programme is specifically designed for students who anticipate progressing to a doctoral programme, but it can also function as excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers.
The programme gives you intensive research training in Modern History preparing you for doctoral research or careers requiring research and communication.
Engaging with Historiography
Presenting Historical Research
Research Preparation in Historical Studies
Dissertation in Historical Studies
Independent Reading in Historical Studies
Dissertation in Historical Studies
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