MSc Historical StudiesOlivia Ross, UK

What informed your decision to progress into further study?
I wanted to further explore the early modern period whilst also refining my research skills, so I was keen to do so through further study.

What drew you to the MSc Historical Studies programme at Strathclyde?
The range of modules on offer aligned with my historical interests, allowing me to study a broad geographical range of topics within the time period I am most interested in. On top of this, I was also able to engage with methodological and practical-based modules, which allowed me to develop various practical skills, whilst at the same time enhancing my CV.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
The modules I took were very interesting and allowed me to explore a variety of historical topics and time periods. The content was incredibly engaging, encouraging me to not only question traditional historical narratives, but also understand the relevance of these topics in today’s society. As a result, I looked forward to exploring new topics each week and felt like the topics covered were important and meaningful.

What specialist knowledge/professional skills have you developed whilst studying?
I am now able to research historical topics with a great deal of independence and understand how to approach and plan research for challenging subjects. As I took Palaeography, I can now also read historic handwriting which has broadened the number of historical sources I can access and analyse. Furthermore, due to undertaking a work placement as part of this course, I also have an understanding of how my skills can be applied in a professional setting, which has helped me to develop my CV and prepare for entering the job market.

Tell us about the support from your supervisor and the wider Strathclyde team...
Support was provided throughout the entire course as staff were always available to discuss any issues or concerns throughout the year. Before assignment deadlines, tutors encouraged the discussion of essays to ensure the topic chosen was viable and would be approached in a way that would foster success, which created a really supportive environment and allowed me to approach assignments with confidence.

What would be your advice for prospective students considering applying for this course next year?
Go for it! Your historical knowledge and awareness will increase significantly and you will develop a range of skills that will benefit you in the future. The facilities and academic resources available are amazing and will not only support you throughout the course, but will also help you to make the most of your Strathclyde experience.