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MSc/PgDipHistorical Studies

Why this course?

This taught postgraduate programme aims to introduce you to advanced level study of history, while deepening your historical understanding and awareness.

You’re offered a wide choice of classes as well as rigorous training in historical research methods and sources. You can choose to study thematic, historiographical or theoretical topics across a broad chronological and geographical range. There’s also the possibility of specialising in a particular area such as:

  • international relations history in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • early modern Scottish history

You’ll study 

There’s a wide choice of classes within a flexible curriculum.

Core modules

  • Sources, Skills and Methods for Historians 1
  • Sources, Skills and Methods for Historians 2

Option modules

Choose from:

  • Palaeography, c1500-c1800
  • Britain, France and the United States, 1945-1958: Diplomacy, Strategy and Alliance
  • Transatlantic Influences: the United States and Europe after 1958
  • Nationalism and Nation-states in the Arab Middle East, 1900-1945
  • Plantations by Land and Sea, 1540-1700
  • Pharmaceuticals, Ethics and Health, 1800-1980
  • Segregation, Migration and War: African-Americans, 1910-1930
  • The Patriarchal Family in Early Modern Society
  • Governing Highs and Health: History and the Control of Drugs
  • Work and Occupational Health in the 20th Century
  • Themes in the History of Health and Colonial Medicine in South Asia
  • War, Sacrifice and the Nation in Europe, 1789-1918
  • Scotland and Ulster in the early modern North Atlantic World
  • The Lordship of the Isles
  • Food and Health in the West during the 20th Century

Note: Not all classes will be on offer in any one year. Others may also be chosen from Level 5 classes offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dissertation

MSc students also write a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Course content

Core modules

  • Sources, Skills and Methods for Historians 1
  • Sources, Skills and Methods for Historians 2

Option modules

Choose from:

  • Palaeography, c1500-c1800
  • Britain, France and the United States, 1945-1958: Diplomacy, Strategy and Alliance
  • Transatlantic Influences: the United States and Europe after 1958
  • Nationalism and Nation-states in the Arab Middle East, 1900-1945
  • Plantations by Land and Sea, 1540-1700
  • Pharmaceuticals, Ethics and Health, 1800-1980
  • Segregation, Migration and War: African-Americans, 1910-1930
  • The Patriarchal Family in Early Modern Society
  • Governing Highs and Health: History and the Control of Drugs
  • Work and Occupational Health in the 20th Century
  • Themes in the History of Health and Colonial Medicine in South Asia
  • War, Sacrifice and the Nation in Europe, 1789-1918
  • Scotland and Ulster in the early modern North Atlantic World
  • The Lordship of the Isles
  • Food and Health in the West during the 20th Century

Note: Not all classes will be on offer in any one year. Others may also be chosen from Level 5 classes offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dissertation

MSc students also write a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Entry requirements

  • first or upper second-class Honours degree in History or overseas equivalent

For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years.

Pre-sessional courses in English are available.

If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence.

If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Scotland/EU

  • 2016/17 - MSc: £4,600
  • 2016/17 - PgDip: £4,000

Rest of UK

  • 2016/17 - MSc: £4,600
  • 2016/17 - PgDip: £4,000

International

  • 2016/17 - MSc: £13,000
  • 2016/17 - PgDip £7,500

How can I fund my course?

To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award offers students a merit-based scholarship of up to £3,000 for entry onto a full-time Masters programme in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences.

Check our Scholarship Search for more help with fees and funding.

Please note

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year. Find out more about fees.

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Historical Studies

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Historical Studies

Qualification: MSc, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

Historical Studies

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, full-time

Historical Studies

Qualification: PG Diploma, Start date: Sep 2016, Mode of delivery: attendance, part-time

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