Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA Economic History

UCAS code: V300

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: History, Classics and Archaeology

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

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Introducing MA Economic History

Economic history has 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 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.

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Year 1

History courses that you take in Year 1 are broad survey courses that are designed to prepare you for more specialised study in Years 3 and 4. You will take three courses related to your specialisation in economics, and economic and social history. You will also choose from a wide range of option courses outside your primary subject.

Year 2

Year 2 history courses will give you the opportunity to broaden your geographical focus beyond Britain and Europe and will introduce you to more advanced conceptual and theoretical approaches.

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 take two courses related to your specialisation in economic and social history and will take a compulsory course in historiography.

You will also take an economics theory course, if not taken in Year 1, or outside course(s) and choose one course from options in economic and social history, history and social science and one further outside course.

Year 3

You will take two compulsory skills courses that reflect on history as a discipline and introduce you to the practice of historical research. You will also study three courses from a wide range of specialist option courses in economic history and one further specialist option course in economic and social history or economics.

Year 4

You will study economic history and have the opportunity to take a course or courses in economic and social history or economics. You will also engage in independent research to produce an honours dissertation in economic history on a topic substantially of your own devising.

Programme structure

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

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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.

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.

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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: AABB.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 36 points (grades 665 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. 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

Tuition fees for MA Economic History

Additional Costs

None.

Funding

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Fees and funding

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