The Masters in Scottish History is taught by one of the most wide-ranging, coherent and well-resourced teams in the country, offering world-leading expertise in the social, political and cultural history of Scotland from the medieval period through to the 20th century. The programme has a particular geographical emphasis on Gaelic Scotland, Scotland’s place in the British Isles and Europe, and on urban Scotland.
Teaching and research in Scottish history are firmly embedded in a wider University context, allowing you to benefit from exciting synergies with Celtic and Gaelic, archaeology and Scottish literature, all of which contribute to the work of the Centre for Scottish & Celtic Studies.
In the most recent independent review of research quality (RAE 2008), History at Glasgow was placed in the top two Scottish universities and in the top ten of the prestigious UK Russell Group.
You will enjoy ready access to the Baillie Collection, our prized collection of printed medieval and modern sources in Scottish, Irish and English history. The collection also offers printed state papers, Historical Manuscript Commission publications and a select collection of modern monographs.
Our programme has strong links with the University's Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, giving you access to primary source material including an enormous collection of anatomical and pathological specimens, coins, books, manuscripts and ethnography.
You will join an extensive medieval research community. Glasgow has active charter and chronicle research groups in medieval studies, a reading group and regular staff-student seminars. The annual Edwards Lecture is the keynote event in the calendar of this scholarly community
MLitt: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Our History Masters are built around a hands-on research training course, specialised courses on historical and theoretical themes, and other courses developing your technical skills and other abilities like languages and palaeography.
If you choose to study Scottish History, there will be a guided selection of courses that will provide you with the specialised knowledge in that field. You will be taught through a series of seminars and workshops. Internationally recognised historians give guest lectures throughout the year.
In the final part of the programme, you will select a specialised topic and conduct original primary source research for your dissertation. You are supported in your research and writing up by an assigned supervisor with expertise in your field of inquiry.
Research resources and skills for historians.
Course options may include
Politics and literature in Jacobean Scotland
Culture, politics and society in the Highland clearances
Interdisciplinary perspectives on Scottish culture
Specialist course in Medieval Scottish studies
Critical evaluation of sources and methods in Medieval Scotland
Revolutionary Scotland: literature, culture and politics 1830-1939
The Scottish Wars of Independence
Scottish popular culture.
The courses taught each year vary depending upon staff availability.
To widen your approach and develop an interdisciplinary perspective, you are also strongly encouraged to take one or two complementary courses in cognate subjects, such as
Monuments in transition in Medieval Scotland
Records and evidence
Introduction to museology
Approaching the past
Sources for early Medieval Scottish Christianity.
Courses in Scottish literature, English literature, theology, history of art and other College of Arts subjects can also be studied, by agreement with the programme convener.
Apart from continuing to study a PhD, you can transfer the arts research skills and methods you learn on this programme to positions in the public and private sectors, such as heritage, policy and projects, journalism and teaching.