The programme introduces students to the analytical, methodological and archival skills needed to contribute to our understanding of eighteenth century culture. By exploring the period through its social and artistic history, by examining its artefacts at first-hand, students will gain a critical understanding of culture in its broader sense, whilst developing skills among a broad team of historians and curators.
For students wishing to pursue a PhD in History or Art History, this programme will enable you to conduct specialised archival research within one of Edinburgh’s many world-class repositories. For students who aim to pursue a career beyond academia, there is an opportunity to develop a broad range of professional and practical skills by applying to undertake an internship offering experience in curatorship, archival management, conservation, restoration and public engagement.
The programme can be undertaken either full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months). Students take a two-semester (40 credit) core course in Historiography and Archival Methods, which is taught by the programme directors and by colleagues drawn from History and History in Art. Students also take six option courses from a broad range of offerings, or four courses if taking the (40 credit) internship.
The 15,000 word dissertation is an independent, primary source-based research project supervised by one or more members of the academic staff. Students have considerable freedom to define their own dissertation project, so long as it is a feasible project which one or more staff members have the expertise to supervise.
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For students whose first language is not English, detailed information about required English language qualifications can be found on the website.