- Start date: September
- Study mode and duration: MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
PgDip: 9 months full-time; 18 months part-time
Study with us
- deepen your historical knowledge, understanding and awareness
- assess historical themes and historiographical interpretations across a broad chronological range
- develop transferable skills necessary for employement
- gain invaluable research tools and practical skills while studying a range of thematic, historiographical or theoretical topics across a broad chronological and geographical range
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'll gain invaluable research tools and practical skills while studying a range of thematic, historiographical or theoretical topics across a broad chronological and geographical range.
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
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At the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, our friendly and knowledgeable team will be available to provide you with all the information you need to kick-start your postgraduate journey at the University of Strathclyde.
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What you’ll study
The course is organised into core and elective classes. The core class provides you with the skills required to undertake primary research while further skills training will be offered as optional classes. The opportunity to carry out an extended piece of original historical research and writing is provided in the form of the dissertation.
Classes can be built into a Masters degree. This can form the basis for future doctoral research funded by the:
- Arts & Humanities Research Council
- Economic & Social Research Council
MSc students also write a dissertation of 15,000 words. You’ll research a topic of your choice, under the supervision of a member of staff.
Research skills, sources and methods for Historians
You'll be introduced to methodological and practical issues in historical research.
Britain, France and the United States, 1945-1958: Diplomacy, Strategy and Alliance
This class explores the diplomacy of the post war world. It will provide students with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the key international issues faced by Britain, France and the United States after the Second World War. Students will examine the issues which strengthened the post-war alliance and those which challenged it.
Nationalism and Nation-states in the Arab Middle East, 1900-1945
This class examines cultural, religious, social and political conditions that favoured the emergence of an Arab political national identity in its regional variants. It considers a number of case studies and will examine the origins and development of Arab nationalist movements and their contribution to the creation of nation-states in the Middle East.
Advanced Oral History
Advanced Oral History allows you to explore advanced oral history theory and practices as a valuable means of understanding the past. In weekly seminars, we'll examine the advantages and limitations of oral history as both a research methodology and an outcome by reading and discussing key texts written by leading oral historians and related practitioners. In addition, you'll gain practical experience designing and implementing a mini oral history project directly related to your postgraduate dissertation.
This class will teach students how to read handwriting from the sixteenth through to the eighteenth centuries. It will introduce students to different types of hand (e.g. secretary) and the various contractions often used in documents from the early modern period.
Pharmaceuticals, Ethics and Health: 1800-1980
This class analyses core debates in the History of Pharmaceutical Science and the History of the Pharmaceutical Industry.
It uses a series of cases studies including: the establishment of pharmacology as a medical science, standardisation and the quality of medications, the globalisation of the medicinal market, pharmaceutical legislation, drug scandals and the politics of pharmaceutics.
Through analysis of the historiography and primary materials, students will engage with the ethical debates which have accompanied the rise of the pharmaceutical industry as a global giant.
War, Sacrifice and the Nation in Europe, 1789-1918
Transnational Radicalism and the Irish World: 1845-1923
In this class, you'll explore radical political movements in the complex transnational space between Ireland and its massive diaspora, from the Great Famine to the Irish Revolution. Focusing on a set number of individual lives, you'll examine how Irish emigrants connected with their homeland and with other centres of Irish settlement, and mobilised in movements for social reform and national independence. You'll investigate the roles of class, gender and generation in political mobilisation, and identify how Irish nationalism connected with international reform movements of the era, including socialism, feminism and humanitarianism.
Work Placement in History
This class offers students the opportunity to spend eight weeks in a placement of their choice with museums, archives, historical associations and healthcare providers (only for students registered with the MSc in Health History) in Glasgow.
This module aims to provide students with an insight into the day-to-day workings of an organisation, in order to develop history-specific vocational skills and promote reflection on employability and also on the issues involved in disseminating history outside academia.
The module provides a vocational component to the History postgraduate taught portfolio, and aligns with similar provisions planned by the School of Humanities.
It may be of particular interest to those MA students not planning to pursue a PhD after their studies. Students will be asked to complete a small project or piece of research for their host and to write a reflective essay on their experience.
Plantations by Land and Sea: British imperial projects in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, 1590-1720
This class explores the development of the British empire throughout the Atlantic and Indian Oceans between 1590 and 1720. Focusing on the comparative analysis of two settlements each week, students will explore diverse themes including piracy, slavery, trade, religion, settler-indigenous relations, disease, and colonial rebellion. Throughout the course of the module, students will cover cash-crop plantations like Virginia and Jamaica, religious colonies like Massachusetts Bay and Maryland, commercial bases like Bombay and the Gold Coast, and piratical outposts like Campeche and Madagascar. In doing so, students will investigate the ways in which empire was formed through the haphazard activities of individuals operating throughout Britain, the Caribbean, North America, Africa, and India. In assessing the means, methods, and consequences of these projects, students will engage with a wide range of primary sources including settlers' journals, official letters, voyage logs, and political pamphlets. Students will also be encouraged to shape the class assignment to match their own particular interests.
Scotland and Ulster in the early Modern North Atlantic World
This postgraduate module examines the relationship between Scotland and Ulster in terms of the 'Three Kingdoms History' of the early modern period and how this then developed and interacted in the context of colonial North America in the eighteenth century. The module examines the Plantation of Ulster and its impact; Scotland, Ulster and the British Civil Wars; Restoration links between Scotland and Ulster, c. 1660-88; The Williamite revolution and Scottish migration to Ulster in the 1690s; Ulster migration to colonial North America in the eighteenth century and Scots v. Scotch-Irish/Scots-Irish. Conflict in a colonial context? Historiography, sources and debates will be discussed in the class and students will be given information on key resources and how to access them. Guidance on primary sources and manuscripts will be given. Students are strongly encouraged to develop and consolidate their knowledge of primary sources and transcribed manuscripts within a broader historiographical context.
Segregation, Migration and War: African-Americans 1910-1930
This class examines aspects of historical debates surrounding race and social inequality in American history prior to the New Deal and the Civil Rights Movement. We will discuss changes in the economic and social position of African Americans in the first quarter of the 20th Century in the southern and northern United States. In particular, we will look at the effects of the Jim Crow segregation laws, black migration and its causes, the impact of World War I on the black population and race relations, the functions of racial violence and the reasons for the decline in lynching, and changes in African-American employment, leadership and artistic expression. Competing black ideologies and prescriptions for progress will also be examined, including intellectual elitism, radical equal rights protest, nationalism, socialism and accommodation.
Race, War and Colonialism: France 1914-44
The centenary of the First World War has led to extensive research in a range of areas, including an exploration of the role of colonial troops in the war effort. This course aims to draw on this research in order to provide students with an understanding of these issues within a wider context: i.e. why did the ideology behind French colonialism lead to the use of black troops on the battlefield? What was the legacy during the interwar period of African participation in the war, both in Africa and in France? Did the participation of colonial troops in the Second World War lead to different outcomes to those that followed WW1?
You’ll research a topic of your choice, under the supervision of a member of the programme staff. You’ll be able to use the extensive archive holdings relating to the history of medicine and of health and healthcare available in Glasgow and elsewhere in Central Scotland.
Continuing the working relationship I had with my supervisor was undoubtedly the best part about remaining at Strathclyde. Under her supervision, I was able to refine my writing skills and through our discussions, while being supportive, she really pushed me intellectually.
First or upper second-class Honours degree in History or overseas equivalent.
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Pre-Masters preparation course
The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course held at the University of Strathclyde International Study Centre, for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.
Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.
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Dean's International Excellence Awards: Humanities and Social Science
To recognise academic achievement, the Dean's International Excellence Award - Postgraduate Taught offers all qualified international postgraduate students pursuing a Masters a merit based scholarship of £4,000 towards the first year of tuition fees of a full-time Masters, EdD Education or 1 year MRes programme in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.Apply for the International Excellence Award
Fees & funding
All fees quoted are per academic year unless stated otherwise.
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How can I fund my course?
Scottish postgraduate students
Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from England
Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Wales
Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
Students coming from Northern Ireland
Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500. Find out more about the support and how to apply.
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Our Alumni Scholarship is open to all Strathclyde undergraduate alumni that undertake a full-time postgraduate taught course in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Alumni can receive a scholarship of 15% or 20% off full-time postgraduate programme fees.Find out more about our alumni discount
Start date: Sep 2021
Start date: Sep 2021
Start date: Sep 2021
Start date: Sep 2021
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