Research course

Economic and Social History

The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

A Masters degree, or the overseas equivalent, in History or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This ESRC-recognised programme offers advanced teaching in economic history and in key issues of social history, notably demographic history and history of social policy. It is designed for students who wish to proceed to doctoral study, or who wish to combine the study of this kind of history with skills in research management; in applying social theory analysing and solving real social issues. The core course unit, Research Issues in Economic and Social History, explores topical debates in economic and social history, with a theoretical as well as an empirical dimension. Students are offered a unit in computing as well as research training in the Social Sciences, including quantitative and qualitative methods.

Module details
Options may be chosen from a wide range of history and social science courses, including economics, sociology and social anthropology. Typical course units include: Quantitative Methods; Qualitative Methods; Historical Research: Methods, Theory, Sources; Research Design; Research Issues in Economic and Social History; Analytical Approaches to Economic and Social History Research; Research Issues in Economic and Social History; Ownership and Regulation of British Industry in Historical Perspective; Britain and Germany, 1918-39: A Comparative History; History and Postmodernism; The Humanitarian Subject: Humanity, Medicine and the History of the Body in the Nineteenth Century; Foucault; Men, Masculinities and Social Change; Language, Gender and Feminism; Major Issues in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine; and Supervised Reading.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English should have at least a score of IELTS 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0 or TOEFL internet-based score of 103.

Fees and funding

UK and EU applicants may enter the AHRC competition (internal deadline in early March each year). This is highly competitive, and applicants should discuss applying with the Programme Director as soon as possible. Some awards are usually offered by the School or department: see the school website for current information,

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 275 3559