Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

Subject area: History

Why choose History at the University of Edinburgh?

  • We are ranked in the world's top 25 universities for history in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019.

  • We cover every period of history from the early Middle Ages to the present day and all major geographical regions of the world – Europe, Britain and Ireland, North America, Latin America, Asia, and Africa.

  • Beyond the University and its own libraries, there are further resources available to you in Edinburgh for historical research, including the National Library of Scotland, National Museum of Scotland and National Records of Scotland.

  • The University has one of the largest and most diverse history departments in the UK, with more than 50 academic staff at the cutting edge of the discipline.

  • You will be studying in a city steeped in history – a UNESCO world heritage site that has been home to famous historical figures including Adam Smith, Charles Darwin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sophia Jex-Blake, Julius Nyerere, and Muriel Spark.

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University is a lot more independent, for the work and the social life. You have to take the lead but don’t be afraid to contact people.

Paul Tomlinson 1st year MA (Hons) History & Politics
Paul Tomlinson 1st year MA (Hons) History & Politics

Introducing History

History enables us to understand how the world has developed and become what it is today. Studying events and issues from the past also affects the way we see the present and future.

At Edinburgh our courses cover a wide range of different periods, from early medieval history to the contemporary world. You will have the opportunity to choose from a broad range of historical themes, including political history, cultural history, economic history, global history, social history, gender history, intellectual history, and environmental history.

Whichever path you choose, you'll deepen your understanding of subject areas that you have studied previously and will have the opportunity to explore something completely new.