The University of Edinburgh is home to one of the largest groups of historians in the United Kingdom, covering just about every major area of historical inquiry. Staff expertise ranges from the first millennium to the 1970s and beyond, encompassing subjects such as renaissance medicine and Atlantic slavery, the American Revolution and post-colonial South Asia. Within this extraordinary range of subjects and approaches to history, students get to follow their own interests, enhancing skills in independent research, critical analysis, and both oral and written presentation.
The programme can be undertaken either full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months). Students take two core training courses; Historical Research and Historical Methodology. These core courses provide a general introduction to graduate study in history and give students the opportunity to develop their research skills. Students also choose four specialised option courses from among the many that are on offer. These courses are small, seminar-style courses taught by staff members who are national and international experts in their fields.
The 12,000 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. Recent examples include; Anti-Chinese propaganda in the United States and Australia, The aftermath of the Arandora Star disaster, The Irish working class community in Scotland.
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