Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA History and Politics

UCAS code: LV21

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: History, Classics and Archaeology

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA History and Politics

One of our most popular combined programmes, History and Politics provides the opportunity to link two key disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

Whether you are interested in adding theoretical understanding to your interests in political history, providing historical context to your studies in political science or merely interested in combining two important subjects this programme will give you the chance to acquire a detailed understanding of history and political science.

Edinburgh is an ideal location for this programme. As well as the superb resources of the University the city has a range of political and governmental institutions including the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government. The National Archives of Scotland contains a major collection of material relating to the government of Scotland since the medieval period.

Year 1

You will study two introductory courses in politics and international relations.

History courses in Year 1 are broad survey courses that will emphasise processes and patterns within broad chronological and geographical frameworks, designed to prepare you for more specialised study in Years 3 and 4. Current courses cover historical periods from the early Middle Ages to the present. You will take one of these courses and also a compulsory course in historical skills that engages with broader questions about the nature of history as an academic discipline and the methods and skills required for historical research.

You will also choose from a wide range of option courses outside your primary subjects.

Year 2

You will study a further two courses in politics. Year 2 history courses will extend your range geographically and chronologically and currently cover various periods and themes in American, Asian, African, European, British, and Scottish history.

As in Year 1, history courses offer broad surveys that are designed to prepare you for more specialised study in Years 3 and 4. You will choose one of these courses and also take a compulsory historiography course.

You will also choose from a wide range of option courses outside your primary subjects.

Year 3

You will take a compulsory skills course in history and study specialist courses in history and politics.

Year 4

You will study a year-long history special subject course, further specialist courses in politics and engage in independent research to produce an honours dissertation in either history or politics on a topic substantially of your own devising.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

The School of History, Classics & Archaeology is located in the heart of the city, within the University's Central Area.

Here you’ll have access to a range of study spaces, our Student Research Room, research collections and an undergraduate common room.

You’ll also have access to the University’s libraries and computing facilities.

You’ll be taught in a range of lecture theatres and seminar rooms within the School and across the University’s Central Area.

Study abroad

Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.

Guaranteed study abroad funding for students required to complete a year abroad

How will I learn?

In Years 1 and 2 you will be taught by lectures and tutorials. Years 3 and 4 involve more seminars and independent study, with individual supervision of the final year dissertation.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by exams, coursework and, in some courses, your participation in tutorials.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

You will gain the intellectual and transferable skills that employers are looking for. You will learn to develop intellectually rigorous arguments, based on sound independent research and analysis. You will be able to compile and critically evaluate large amounts of complex and conflicting evidence, and to formulate and present your views coherently, both orally and in writing.

The research and analytical skills history students develop can be used in any research-based career.

They can also be applied to careers including journalism, museum and heritage work, public relations, the diplomatic service or teaching.

Previous graduates have gone on to pursue a wide variety of careers, in the media, politics, civil service, heritage, law, business, and finance, to name just a few.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA. (Revised 22/03/2017 to provide more accurate information.)
  • A Levels: AAA.
  • IB: 40 points (grades 766 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6. BBB must be achieved in a single sitting by end of S5. National 5: English at Grade C and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB. GCSEs: English at Grade C or 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects. SL: English at 5 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition fees for MA History and Politics

Additional costs

None.

Funding

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