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History (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

This comprehensive programme places you among one of the largest group of historians in any British university, providing a stimulating environment in which to further your interest in practically any era of history.

Our breadth of expertise allows you to pursue studies in everything from Medieval Scotland or revolutionary America to the Cold War or Renaissance Italy, from modern China and Japan to India or postcolonial Africa, all in the inspirational setting of Scotland’s historic capital.

We’ll help you to develop a specialised knowledge and understanding of history and its central issues, examine historical sources, evaluate existing research, and work towards a specialised research project of your own.

You’ll also take part in a rich programme of events featuring our renowned academic staff and distinguished visitors from all over the world.

Programme structure

This programme is taught through a combination of small-group seminars and tutorials, one-to-one supervision and private study. You will be examined through coursework and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Compulsory courses:
Historical Methodology
Historical Research: Skills and Sources

Option courses:
You will choose four specialist courses from a range of options, such as:

Approaches to Gender History
Armed Struggle
The British at War, 1939–1945
Cinema and Society in South Asia
Intellectual History of the American Revolution
Medieval Men and Masculinity
The Fall of Rome
The Lordship of the Isles: A Political History
The Northern Ireland Troubles and their Origins
The Science of Man in the Enlightenment
Scotland and Ireland, 1800–1922
The United States and the Cold War

Career opportunities

Many students see the programme as an advanced qualification valued by a range of employers. Others are interested in pursuing long-term academic careers and therefore consider the MSc as preparation for a PhD.

The combination of skills training courses, specialised seminars, and independent research provides you with transferable skills that will be beneficial whatever path you choose.

The programme provides excellent academic experience for those who require the training and confidence to pursue further postgraduate study or as a foundation for careers in archival or museum work, the cultural heritage industry or education.

Visit the History (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline is normally required.

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