Graduate School

MSc in History (Online Distance Learning)

Join our flexible online history masters programme and study for a graduate degree with one of the world’s most prestigious universities at a pace that suits you and fits around your ongoing work or personal commitments.

About the Programme

Our innovative online MSc in History allows students across the world to take advantage of the remarkable range of historical expertise available at the University of Edinburgh.

Programme structure

Designed with flexibility in mind, this innovative distance learning history masters offers you the opportunity to study at an advanced level, in a way that works for you.


The range of specialisms across the School of History, Classics and Archaeology and its related centres is reflected in the broad scope of option courses and dissertation topics available on the Online Masters in History.

Teaching and assessment

The University of Edinburgh is home to one of the largest groups of historians in the United Kingdom, covering almost every major area of historical inquiry, and facilitating intellectual breadth and imagination whilst studying.

Student support

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators, to specialist subject librarians and other student support staff, we ensure distance learning students get the best out of their studies.


The combination of our leading academics, wide ranging topics, flexible study options and first-class virtual environment, leads to a rich learning experience. But don’t just take our word for it. Have a look at what some of our students have to say.

Fees and funding

The fees for undertaking the online MSc in History are set to reflect the nature of study and teaching methods. Full-time students may pay in instalments and those who choose to take the programme via flexible learning over 2-6 years, pay on a course-by-course basis.

Application information

You will need to complete an online application which includes supplying a degree certificate, transcripts, references and other supporting documents.


Answers to some of our frequently asked questions.

Virtual open days

We offer live and interactive online sessions which enable you to hear from and talk to our programme staff.

Contact us

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