UCAS code: V300
Duration: 4 years
School: History, Classics and Archaeology
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Opportunities to study abroad are available in this subject area.
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.
You will be assessed by exams, coursework and, in some courses, your participation in tutorials.
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.
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.
The typical offer is likely to be:
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
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.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
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:
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