Postgraduate Students

Programme description

Launched in 2013, 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.

Why study with us?

This programme will give you specialised knowledge and understanding of history and its central issues and give you the skills to examine historical sources and evaluate existing research.Examine historical sources and evaluate existing research. Choose from a diverse range of topics - from American politics to modern Japanese history, or interwar Europe to medieval Scottish history. You'll then be able to further your own specialised interests through the dissertation. 

Taught by one of the largest groups of historians in any British university and ranked 21st in the world for history (QS World University Subject Rankings 2023), you will encounter a stimulating environment in which to further your interest in practically any era of history and many regions of the world.  

If you have recently graduated and would like to continue your studies, are considering returning to education, or wish to retrain or pursue a personal interest in the subject of history, the online MSc provides the ideal balance between a busy life and studying towards an internationally recognised graduate qualification, without the disruption or expense of relocation. Over 150 students have already graduated from our programme.


Flexibility of study

I needed to study an online programme to get my masters because I have a couple of small kids at home.

Jalyn MSc in History (Online Learning) Graduate

Thanks to our state-of-the-art e-learning software and extensive digital resources, the programme is delivered entirely online. This enables you to manage work, childcare or other personal commitments whilst studying at your own pace and developing your own specialised interest under the expert guidance of our distinguished academics. 

You will benefit from the flexible structure of the programme which allows you to earn a graduate certificate, diploma, or MSc by completing skills training courses and specialised option courses.

How does online learning work?

This short video introduces you to how online learning works at the University of Edinburgh.

Video: How does online learning work
How does online learning work