Each year of the programme carries 120 credit points. In first year students must take The Historian's Toolkit (20 credits) and The History of Edinburgh: From Din Eidyn to Festival City (20 credits); a further forty credits of History courses plus forty credits of outside subject(s). In second year students must take Introduction to Historiography (20 credits) and Themes in Scottish History since 1560 (20 credits); a further forty credits of History courses plus forty credits of outside subject(s). In the third year, you will take four level-ten one-semester 3/4MA courses (options), as well as two compulsory courses: Skills and Methods in History I and II. In the fourth year you will take two level-ten 4MA, 40 credit, courses which run over both semesters. You will also write a level-ten dissertation of 8,000-12,000 words (40 credits).
To progress from Year 1 to Year 2, passes are required in all first year courses (120 credits); to progress from Year 2 into Year 3 passes are required in all of the courses taken in second year (120 credits).
Entry into Honours normally requires (i) passes in 240 credits of courses taken in the first two years, which must include all compulsory first year History courses, and (ii) passes at 50% or above, achieved at the first attempt, in 40 credits of second year compulsory Scottish History courses, which must include Introduction to Historiography, and 40 credits of second year compulsory History courses
Progression from third to fourth year is dependent upon the completion of at least eighty credits and the award of an aggregate pass for the 120 credits of study in third year.
- Certificate of Higher Education: year one
- Diploma of Higher Education: year two
- BA in Humanities and Social Science: year three (although entry to honours means the commencement of two years of integrated study leading to an honours degree and not all students will be qualified for the BA HSS)
- MA Honours in History and Scottish History: year four