Scottish History, M.Sc.

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The University of Edinburgh ,
The Scottish History programme from The University of Edinburgh draws on the largest group of historians with Scottish interests in any UK HE institution. Central to the programme are courses on all periods of Scottish history based on a wide variety of themes and methodological approaches. Many courses adopt a comparative framework and seek to place Scotland's historical experience in the widest possible context.
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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 Scottish History programme from The University of Edinburgh 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.

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.

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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  • A UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level or the international equivalent in a relevant discipline is normally required.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17400 International
  • GBP 8500 EU/EEA


  • Home/EU: £4,250
  • Overseas/International: £8,700


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