Taught course

Social and Economic History (Research Methods)

Durham University · Department of History

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Entry requirements

A 2:1, with an overall average score of 65% or above, or a GPA of 3.5 or above, or equivalent.

An undergraduate degree in History or a related subject is required..

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA in Social and Economic History provides training in research methods for historical topics in any aspect of social and economic history. Accredited by the ESRC, this MA is part of our four year funding scheme offered by the NINEDTP (Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership. You can apply for 1+3 funding for this MA followed by a PhD in any aspect of social and economic history with expert supervision available within the Department – and with our partner institution in the NINEDTP at Newcastle University. This includes African history, and aspects of governance, as well as traditional social and economic topics.

Durham has a long tradition of economic and social history, on which this MA draws. The breadth of subjects mirrors the comprehensive and global nature of the Department staff: from medieval Europe to modern-day Africa, and from northeast England to the global economy.

Core modules:

• Themes, Reading and Sources

• Perspectives on Social Research

• Qualitative Research Methods in Social Science

• Fieldwork and Interpretation

• Dissertation.

Fees and funding


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of History