Taught course

Contemporary History

Institution
University of Edinburgh · School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

At least a UK 2:1 honours degree, GPA 3.4 or equivalent, in a relevant discipline, is normally required. Applicants whose first degree was not taught and examined in English must show that they have passed an accepted test for academic English to the required level.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The programme aims to provide excellent preparation for graduate research on most recent history in a global context.

It is designed to serve as a springboard for more graduate work at the PhD level or as a stand-alone graduate degree that also benefits the individual graduate in a non-academic career.

In methodological and historiographical ‘skills’ and core courses, students will learn to appreciate the distinctiveness of contemporary history, sources (e.g. radio, television, film, internet-based sources, such as the ‘Wikileaks’, etc.) and methodology.

This rigorous skills training will be supplemented by a wide variety of topical ‘specialist’ options, from which students can freely choose according to their own interests.

These cover virtually every distinctive approach to history (e.g. political, social, economic) as well as every region on the globe, underlining the increasing globalization of our most recent past.

Situating this programme in Edinburgh makes use of the city’s unique archival and bibliographical resources (The National Archives of Scotland, The National Library of Scotland, The University library and archives) as well as of its role in current British politics.

Contact with Scottish politicians and with foreign representatives in Scotland is envisioned as supplementary part of the programme.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate School Administrator
Email
Lindsay.Scott@ed.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 131 650 9948