Postgraduate Students


Edinburgh offers an unparalleled combination of resources and expertise for the study of the Contemporary History.

The School

We have our own library known as the Student Research Room, which is a large airy space used both for study and to house the School’s book collections, including modern conflict, American, European and Scottish history, and economic and social history.

  • Centre for Modern Conflict Book Collection
  • The Compton Collection of American History
  • The Jim McMillan Collection of European History
  • Michael Flinn Collection of Economic and Social History
  • Scottish History Book Collection

Many of our students are also members of cross-School research groups which aim to stimulate inter-disciplinary, collaborative research, and widen awareness of individual scholarship.

The University

The University Library is one of the largest university libraries in the UK and contains a substantial collection of primary and secondary materials and a vast collection of rare books and manuscripts. 

Postgraduate students are welcome to study original objects and have made many important research discoveries while working on the archives. There is an incredible range of material in the collections that is available nowhere else in the world.

The City

Studying in Edinburgh, a vibrant capital city, affords students the opportunity to take their learning beyond the classroom and engage with today’s political practitioners. Edinburgh is home to the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament, Scotland’s European Parliament Office and numerous political consulting companies and foreign consulates.

Edinburgh’s rich historical resources and archives feature prominently in our teaching and the History subject area enjoys close ties with various museums and galleries in Edinburgh. Many of our graduate students find these local repositories invaluable, as they mean most MSc students can complete their degrees without the need for extensive research trips.