Graduate School

Taught courses

You will take several courses across two semesters of teaching, including three compulsory courses and three optional courses.

Core courses

There are three required core courses for this programme: two history skills training courses (20 credits each), one in each semester, which are taken by all MSc students in History in the school; and a core course in Scottish historiography that is required for all students taking the MSc in Scottish History.

The compulsory courses for this programme are:

Course name  Credits

Historical Research: Skills and Sources


Historical Methodology

Themes in Scottish Historiography 20

Optional courses

You will choose a further 60 credits from a wide selection of optional courses, subject to availability.  

Option courses previously offered include those listed below.  Option courses change from year to year and those available when you start your studies may be different from those shown in the list.

Course name Credits
Saints Cults, Pilgrimage and Piety in Scotland 20

'The wisest fool in Christendom': the Ideas and Writings of James VI & I

The Lords of the Isles: Clan Donald, c.1336 - c.1545 (Online Learning) 20

Athens of the North: the Origins and Ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment (Online Learning)


Contemporary Scotland


Architecture and Landscape in Scotland 1650-1815


Edinburgh's Slavery Connections: Research Seminar

Currents of Radicalism, 1776-1848 20

Teaching and assessment    

You will take a variety of seminar-style courses in small groups. Most courses are assessed by means of an extended piece of written work, while some courses may assess non-written skills. 

Further information

You can see more details about the 2021/22 programme structure on the Degree Programme Table for the MSc in Scottish History. We expect the 2022/23 programme structure to be available from May 2022.