Graduate School

Programme description

The MSc by Research in Economic and Social History offers you the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of supervised independent research.

The MSc by Research in Economic and Social History is aimed at students who have a specific topic of interest into which they wish to conduct their own research.

The programme provides structured research training while at the same time enabling you to pursue a research project that you design yourself, in consultation with supervisors. It serves as both a self-contained research degree and as preparation for further study for the PhD degree.

Economic and Social history addresses the historical processes underlying the evolution of modern society by employing a range of insights and approaches from the social sciences, including economics, sociology and social anthropology. The programme focuses on:

  • civil society
  • material culture
  • youth
  • gender
  • crime
  • cinema
  • economic growth
  • energy policy
  • financial history in a variety of historical contexts

Edinburgh has a large and distinguished group of academics in this research area. Their specialist fields provide students with an outstanding range of options, both in terms of historical period and areas of the world.

To find out more about our research strengths, and the research groups and centres based in the School, consult our research pages: