Join our flexible online history masters programme and study with one of the world’s most prestigious universities at a pace that suits you and fits around your ongoing work or personal commitments. Our innovative online MSc in History allows students across the world to take advantage of the remarkable range of historical expertise available at the University of Edinburgh and to study towards an internationally recognised graduate qualification, without the disruption or expense of relocation.
Flexible study options
The flexible structure of the programme allows you to study for a single Course, a Certificate, a Diploma or the MSc, by completing skills training courses and specialised option courses. The thematic breadth means you can choose from a diverse range of topics such as American politics to modern Japanese history, from interwar Europe to medieval Scottish history, and you will be able to further your own specialised interests through the dissertation.
Careers and further study
A postgraduate degree is an intellectually rewarding experience, enhancing both your skills and employability, and could facilitate a change in career direction or prepare you for further postgraduate research such as a PhD.
You can commence your studies in September or January and the programme can be taken at your own pace taking between one and six years to complete. You can exit the programme at any stage with the qualification you have earned which is determined by the number of courses studied.
Compulsory courses for the MSc:
• Approaches to History
• Skills & Sources
• The Lords of the Isles: Clan Donald, c.1336 - c.1545
• Scotland and Ireland, 1800 – 1945
• Athens of the North: The origins and ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment
• Willingly to War? The origins of the First World War
• British Empires, 1601 – 1948
• Ideology and Politics in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Space
• The Rise of Modern American Conservatism
• The Crusades and the Euro-Mediterranean world
• Diaspora, Migration and Exile: The history of the global Irish since 1600
• Consensus to Thatcherism: Government and Politics in Post-War Britain
• Myth and the History of Scholarship in Early Modern Europe
• The Shadow of Versailles: Interwar Europe, 1918-1939
• Seeking ‘Japan’ in a Westernizing World: Revolution, Romance and Imperialism 1868 – 1945
• Maps and Mappery in Historical Research: The case of Scotland
• Society, Culture and Diplomacy in the Soviet and Post-Soviet Space
A 12,000-15,000 word, independent primary source-based research project, which can be related to or separate from the option courses you study, to allow you to specialise in your preferred area of study.
Thanks to our state-of-the-art e-learning software and extensive digital resources, the programme is delivered entirely online. From academic advisers and support co-ordinators, to specialist subject librarians and other student support staff, we ensure our distance learning students get the best out of their studies.
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International Student Requirements:
For students whose first language is not English, detailed information about required English language qualifications can be found on our website.