Prospective postgraduates

MSc (by Research) in History

Our MSc (by Research) in History offers you the opportunity of study across the huge breadth of this subject, from medieval Scotland to revolutionary America, modern Japan, and much else besides.

Programme description

The MSc by Research in History offers you the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of supervised independent research in your chosen field.

Programme structure

This programme aims to introduce you to independent research. You will be assigned two supervisors with expertise in your chosen area to help you to complete your thesis.


As an MSc by Research student in History you will form part of a large and vibrant scholarly community of historians and benefit from the research resources available in the University and the city of Edinburgh.

Postgraduate community

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is home to a large community of postgraduate historians undertaking both taught and research degrees.

Entry requirements

Find out about the admission criteria and required qualifications for the MSc (by Research) in History.

Apply online

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

Scholarships and funding

Find out where to find available scholarships for your chosen programme of study.

Fees and costs

Find out how much your programme of study will cost, search for funding opportunities and find out about our Graduate Discount Scheme.


This degree can form the stepping stone to many career options.

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