Masters degrees in Social History offer advanced study of the underlying processes which drive change within society, and the ways in which societies have grown and developed throughout history.
Related subjects include Political History and Heritage Studies. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as History, Sociology or Anthropology.
Courses in this field are often offered in combination with other subjects, such as Economic History or Cultural Studies, though Social History may also be referred to as Cultural History.
Popular topics include the rise of urbanism, developments in crime, responses to environmental issues, public health and early medicine, and migration. Issues within these topics may include sexuality and gender, theories relating to class, as well as political and social movements such as imperialism or the abolition of slavery.
If you wish, you may focus your studies in a particular area. For example, if you have an interest in migration, you might also examine the rise of travel, tourism and exploration.
Careers in this field may include roles in academia such as teaching and publishing, as well as public relations and foreign policy.