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Scottish History (MSc)

Course Description

Programme description

The examination of Scotland’s past has been at the centre of history teaching at the University of Edinburgh since the prestigious Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography was established in 1901.

This programme continues that tradition, drawing on the impressive expertise of our academics, who form the largest group of historians specialising in Scottish interest found at a UK university.

Thanks to our unique academic strength, you’ll be able to choose from an unrivalled range of courses that explore Scotland’s past across a very broad chronological period – from the Roman occupation of Scotland to post-Union through to Scottish diaspora and contemporary developments – and place its history in a comparative and global context.

Along the way, you’ll have access to some of the most impressive archival collections in the UK, all located either within the University or nearby.

Programme structure

You take two compulsory courses that are common to all history students, and then choose four option courses from a wide range of subjects.

The compulsory courses are:

Historical Methodology
Historical Research: Skills and Sources
The option courses may include:

Contemporary Scotland
Ethnic and National Identities in Medieval Scotland
Governance in Scotland: 1424 to 1625
Kingship in Medieval Scotland
Saints Cults: Pilgrimage and Piety in Scotland
Scotland and Ireland: 1800 to 1922
War and Society in Dark-Age Scotland
A Crucible for Change - Enlightenment in Britain: 1688–1801
You will also complete an independently researched dissertation.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this programme, you will have gained:

a specialised knowledge and understanding of Scottish history
a detailed knowledge and understanding of the central historiographical issues of this area
an understanding of the interaction between historical sources and explanation
an appreciation of the historical and historiographical context of the student's individual area of research

Career opportunities

You will have a variety of career options open to you on completion of your degree. You may wish to continue with graduate study to PhD level or work towards qualifications in related professional disciplines such as museum or archive work.

Visit the Scottish 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.

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