The University of Edinburgh

Scottish History, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    20500 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    10100 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
This Scottish History programme at The University of Edinburgh offers a unrivalled range of courses that explore Scotlands past across a broad chronological period from the early medieval period to post-Union through to Scottish diaspora and contemporary developments and Scotlands place in a comparative and global context.

About

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. 

You’ll have access to some of the most impressive archival collections in the UK, both within the university and nearby. Taught by one of the largest groups of specialist Scottish historians found at any UK university, Edinburgh’s Scottish History programme is world-leading.

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

Our students view the programme and a graduate degree from Edinburgh as an advanced qualification valued and respected by many employers. Those students interested in long-term academic careers consider the MSc as preparation for a PhD. The combination of specialised skills training courses and seminars, and the opportunity for independent research provides you with transferable skills that will be beneficial whatever path you choose.

Graduates pursue work in related areas such as museums, policy think-tanks, national and international civil services, non-governmental organisations, galleries, libraries and historic trusts whilst others build on the transferable skills gained and enter areas as diverse as business, media, public administration and marketing.

Programme Structure

Compulsory Courses

  • Historical Methodology
  • Historical Research: Skills and Sources

Optional Courses

  • The Material Culture of Gender in Eighteenth Century Britain
  • Slavery in the British Atlantic World, 1650-1834
  • War and Identities in Twentieth Century Britain and Ireland
  • Propaganda in Renaissance Scotland
  • Literature and History in Early Medieval Britain and Ireland
  • The British Empire in Political Thought
  • Gender, Crime and Deviancy: Britain c. 1860-1960
  • Currents of Radicalism, 1776-1848
For more information, please check the programme website.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website
Check if you match the admission requirements

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    185

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

US GPA 3.4

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Entry requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, US GPA 3.4 or other international equivalent, in History or another humanities or social science subject with a significant historical component.
  • Relevant experience, or professional or other qualifications will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    20500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    10100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part time

  • Home/EU: 5,050
  • International: 10,250

Funding

The University offers a range of funding opportunities for masters students. This includes a number of awards for UK, EU and Overseas students studying a masters programme within the School of History, Classics & Archaeology. Other scholarships:Sheila Cannell Scholarship andFennell Postgraduate Scholarship.

For more information, please check the programme website.

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