Taught course

Contemporary History

University of Edinburgh · School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Entry requirements

At least a UK 2:1 honours degree, GPA 3.4 or equivalent, in a relevant discipline, is normally required. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


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.

Information for international students

To find out about the support offered to International Students at Edinburgh from arrival to graduation visit: http://wwww.ed.ac.uk/studying/international.

Fees and funding

Visit Scholarships and Student Funding Services at www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/student-funding/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Office,
+44 (0) 131 650 9948