MA History and Economics
UCAS code: V200
Duration: 4 years
School: History, Classics and Archaeology
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Introducing MA History and Economics
A joint degree in history and economics provides a rare opportunity formally to study these two disciplines together.
While economics is concerned with the mechanisms and incentives affecting resource allocation, history adds its concerns with wider political and other forms and sources of change. History provides specific insights into why change occurs when it does and it emphases the differing contexts in which ideas emerge and in which they are used.
This degree will provide you with an opportunity to develop both your qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, to combine the conceptual and mathematical approaches of economics with the contextual and archival approaches of history.
You will study three compulsory courses covering economics, British economic and environmental history and a course in historical skills that engages with broader questions about the nature of history as an academic discipline and the methods and skills required for historical research.
You will also choose from a wide range of option courses outside your primary subjects.
You will study four compulsory courses: two in economics, a course on global economic history and a course on historiography that will build on the skills course you took in Year 1.
You will also choose from a wide range of option courses outside your primary subjects.
You will study two compulsory courses in microeconomics and essentials of econometrics. You will take one further economics courses on either macroeconomics or applications of econometrics.
You will then have a choice of two courses from a range of specialist history courses, including a choice of economic history courses. You may choose to take a further history course, or instead a further economics course.
If you intend to do a dissertation in history, we recommend taking a course where you will engage with historical skills and methods.
(Revised 10 September 2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)
You will take further specialist courses in economics and history and will engage in independent research to produce an honours dissertation in either history or economics. If you choose to do your dissertation in history, you will normally work on an economic history topic substantially of your own devising.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
The School of History, Classics & Archaeology is located in the heart of the city, within the University's Central Area.
Here you’ll have access to a range of study spaces, our Student Research Room, research collections and an undergraduate common room.
You’ll also have access to the University’s libraries and computing facilities.
You’ll be taught in a range of lecture theatres and seminar rooms within the School and across the University’s Central Area.
There are plenty of opportunities to study abroad in Year 3 by applying for the School’s Erasmus exchange agreements with prestigious universities across Europe, or for one of the University’s many international exchanges beyond Europe. These cover practically every continent on the globe, from North and South America to Australia, New Zealand and all of Asia.
These are unique opportunities to immerse yourself in different university systems and cultures.
How will I learn?
In Years 1 and 2 formal teaching involves lectures and tutorials. Lectures are delivered by experts in the field, and provide an overview of key themes, concepts and questions relating to the week’s topic.
In tutorials the emphasis is on student discussion in small groups. Some courses also incorporate small student study groups, which help you learn from each other in preparation for tutorials.
You will also study independently, with a focus on reading in preparation for lectures and tutorials. Years 3 and 4 involve more seminars and independent study, with individual supervision of the final year dissertation.
How will I be assessed?
Our courses use a variety of assessment methods to help you develop transferable skills and improve your performance. You will be assessed by exams, coursework (which may include essays, primary source analyses, oral presentations, podcasts and online discussion forums) and, in some courses, your participation in tutorials and seminars.
You will gain key transferable skills that employers are looking for. In particular you will learn to develop intellectually rigorous arguments, based on sound independent research and analysis.
You will also learn to compile and critically evaluate large amounts of complex and conflicting evidence, and to formulate and present your views coherently and cogently, both orally and in writing.
The research and analytical skills history students develop can be used in any research-based career. They can also be applied to careers including journalism, museum and heritage work, public relations, the diplomatic service or teaching.
Previous graduates have gone on to pursue a wide variety of careers, in the media, politics, civil service, heritage, law, business, and finance, to name just a few.
Standard entry requirement
The standard entry requirement is:
SQA Highers: AAAA - ABBB by end of S5. If you haven't achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one set of exams and by end S5. (Revised 25/02/2019 from 'AAAA - AABB'. Revised 21/06/2019 from 'AAAAA - AABB'. Revised 18/10/2019 from 'AAAA - AABB'.)
- A Levels: AAB - ABB. (Revised 25/02/2019 from 'AAB - ABB'. Revised 21/06/2019 from 'A*A*A - ABB'. Revised 11/12/2019 from 'AAA - ABB'.)
- IB: 39 points (grades 666 at HL) - 34 points (grades 655 at HL). (Revised 25/02/2019 from '40 (766 at HL) - 34 (655 at HL)'. Revised 21/06/2019 from '43 (776 at HL) - 34 (655 at HL)'.)
Minimum entry requirement
The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:
- SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6. BBB must be achieved in one set of exams by end of S5.
- A Levels: ABB.
- IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).
The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:
- SQA: Higher: Mathematics at grade B. National 5: English at grade C.
- A Levels: Mathematics at grade B, or AS Mathematics at grade A (if A Level is not taken). GCSEs: English at grade C or 4.
- IB: HL Mathematics at grade 5 or SL Mathematics at grade 6. Mathematical Studies is not accepted for any of our Economics programmes.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
International Foundation Programme
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
SQA, GCSE and IB
For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
SQA National 5 Grade C
SQA Standard Grade 3
SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
GCSE Grade C or 4
Level 2 Certificate Grade C
IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)
English language tests
We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components
We also accept a wider range of international qualifications and tests.
English language qualifications must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
(Revised 05/06/2019 to provide more accurate/comprehensive information.)
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