History at Edinburgh is internationally renowned for the breadth and depth of staff teaching and research interests.
Studying here provides the opportunity to work with one of the largest academic groups in the country. Expertise in our subject area covers the economic, social, cultural, and political history of every continent over many periods. From Herodotus to Gandhi, from steam power to the Chinese economic miracle, we are at the cutting edge in many research fields.
Our international graduate community enjoys one of the largest University libraries within the UK, and access to the world-class archives, research collections and galleries of this UNESCO world heritage city.
Skills acquired in the advanced academic study of History are highly prized by employers. These skills include evidence-based, critical reasoning, sensitivity in comparing diverse viewpoints, the capacity to synthesis diverse source information, and the ability to derive coherent conclusions. Presentational and literary techniques, the everyday practice of the working historian, are easily transferable.
History uniquely allows us to study other times and cultures. It tells us who we are and where we come from, encourages us to face the future as well as the past, and to consider alternative possibilities of existence.
This article was published on Oct 28, 2013