Postgraduate Students

Postgraduate community

Our postgraduate community is international, making the School the ideal environment for you to share ideas, collaborate on research, gain new perspectives and meet like-minded individuals.

We have a diverse and close-knit postgraduate community – you’ll always find someone to talk to about the topic you’re interested in and be supported to conduct your own conferences. You’ll become part of a research community with opportunities to attend a broad range of seminar series and public lectures beyond your programme of study.


The School has a diverse range of regular seminar series and many standalone events and there are many other Edinburgh-based societies and groups who also run related events. You will be able to take part in a lively programme of both staff and student-organised seminars, workshops and reading groups. There are also a number of social events organized for students on this programme.

Postgraduate seminars you may be interested in:

You will also benefit from the lively academic community that results from the programme’s close associations with:


The History Society is a large and active group. It hosts internationally renowned lecturers, provides study advice and publishes the student-run award-winning journal Retrospect. Social events include film and quiz nights, themed pub crawls, trips to historical sites across Edinburgh and Scotland, a Winter Ball and even a football team, ‘You’re History FC’.

Outside the University, The Society of Antiquaries of Scotland holds regular lectures. Fellowship of the Society is open to anyone with an interest in history and archaeology; applications are considered in late November.

What our students think

We interviewed a recent MSc in Contemporary History student, Ellis Hubbert, about the programme and his time with us.