University of Edinburgh

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

MSc History


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSc History

Format: Campus

Program Description:

This comprehensive programme places you among one of the largest groups of historians in any British university, providing a stimulating environment in which to further your interest in practically any era of history.

Our breadth of expertise allows you to pursue studies in everything from Medieval Scotland or revolutionary America to the Cold War or Renaissance Italy, from modern China and Japan to India or postcolonial Africa, all in the inspirational setting of Scotland’s historic capital.

We’ll help you to develop a specialised knowledge and understanding of history and its central issues, examine historical sources, evaluate existing research, and work towards a specialised research project of your own.

You’ll also take part in a rich programme of events featuring our renowned academic staff and distinguished visitors from all over the world.


The programme has three main components.

Along with all other students taking taught degrees in the history subject area, you will take two core training courses:

·         Historical Research

·         Historical Methodology

These core courses provide a general introduction to graduate study in history and give you the opportunity to develop your research skills.

You will also choose four specialised options 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. You will read and discuss the latest scholarship and in most cases will be assessed by means of an essay.

The capstone of the programme is a 12,000 word dissertation which students complete during the summer months.



Our students view the programme and a graduate degree from Edinburgh as an advanced  qualification valued and respected by many employers; others are interested in pursuing long-term academic careers and therefore consider the MSc as preparation for a PhD.

The combination of skills training courses, specialised seminars, and independent research provides you with transferable skills that will be beneficial whatever path you choose. Graduates pursue work in related areas such as museums, policy think-tanks, national and international civil services, non-governmental organisations, galleries, libraries and historic trusts whilst others build on the transferable skills gained and enter areas as diverse as business, media, public administration and marketing.


·         Our reputation for excellence

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh is one of the great world centres for the study of the human past. We’re a world top 25 university (QS World University Ranking 2018) and rank third in the UK for the combined quality and size of our History research (REF 2014).

·         Our diverse and welcoming community

In the School of History, Classics & Archaeology, our graduate community of over 300 students is international, making the School the ideal environment in which to share ideas, collaborate on research, gain new perspectives and meet like-minded individuals. We have an active academic and social life involving regular workshops, seminars, conferences and symposia across all three subject areas, as well as many informal gatherings and events.

·         Our historic city

Edinburgh offers a historical heart with a thriving, modern culture and is consistently voted the most desirable place to live in Britain. Based in the Old Town in a splendid historical building, our School is a thriving, vibrant hub of intellectual and cultural life.



Eligibility Requirements:

A UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent, in a relevant discipline. If your first language is not English, you will also be required to meet English Language requirements.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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