School of History, Classics & Archaeology

MA Economic History

Part of the curriculum since 1884, Edinburgh is one of the few institutions in the United Kingdom where Economic History exists as a degree programme in its own right.

Karl Marx Stadt

Economic History had been part of the curriculum at Edinburgh since 1884, and the University is now one of the few institutions in the United Kingdom in which Economic History exists as a degree programme in its own right.

Economic History is the study of the way in which economies develop, why that development differs between countries and over time, and how individuals, households and communities contribute to, and are affected by, economic change. The research interests of Edinburgh’s economic historians are wide ranging and include the study of economic development, slavery, industrialisation, energy policy, historical demography, urban history and consumption.

Our courses range from the early modern period to the present day and cover wide geographical areas including Britain, Europe, North America, the Caribbean, and China. Many of our options examine themes in international economic history and analyse the causes and consequences of globalisation.

September 2017 entry

Pre-honours

Year 1

In year 1 you will study the following courses:

  • Economic History 1: British Economic and Environmental History since 1900 (20 credits)

  • Social History 1: British Society since 1650 (20 credits)
  • Economics theory course (40 credits)

You will study a further 40 credits of other courses.

Year 2

In year 2 you will study the following courses:

  • Global Connections since 1450 (20 credits)
  • Economic History 2: the Global Economy Part 2 (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Historiography (20 credits)
  • Course chosen from Economic and Social History, History and Social Science (20 credits)
  • Economics theory course, usually entitled Economics 1, (if not taken in Year 1) OR other course(s) (40 credits)

Honours

Year 3

In year 3 you will study the following courses:

  • Skills & Methods I (20 credits)
  • Skills & Methods II (20 credits)
  • 3 courses in Economic History (60 credits)
  • Course chosen from Economic and Social History OR Economics (20 credits)

Year 4

In year 4 you will study the following courses:

  • Dissertation in History - topic in Economic History (40 credits)
  • course(s) in Economic History (40 credits)
  • course(s) chosen from Economic History, Economic and Social History OR Economics (40 credits)

 

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