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. The focal point of the Intellectual history community is the lively Intellectual History Research Group which brings together researchers in the field from across the School and from the wider University. Postgraduate students play an active part in the Intellectual History Research Group which hosts reading groups, seminars and social events. Recent events have included a monthly reading group on methodology, a roundtable on global intellectual history and an Intellectual History themed ‘scavenger hunt’ around central Edinburgh.

Postgraduate seminars you may be interested in:


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 current MSc in Intellectual History student, Finbar about the programme and his time with us.