Research course

Economic and Social History

University of Edinburgh · School of History, Classics and Archaeology
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Applicants for PhD programmes must additionally hold a relevant Master's degree with an overall average mark of at least 65% (or equivalent marks if the degree is not from the UK), and a mark of at least 65% in the Master's dissertation will also normally be required. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Economic and Social History at Edinburgh is one of the largest Economic and Social History units in the United Kingdom.

Staff research interests are wide-ranging, including the study of economic development, energy policy, globalisation, slavery, demography, urban history, consumption, material culture, museums and collecting, leisure, religious belief, popular culture, medicine and disease, gender, sexuality and the family.

Students can explore a wide area of economic and social history, chronologically extending from the Early Modern period to the present-day and geographically encompassing not only Britain but also the Caribbean, Europe and Australasia.

Particular areas of expertise available for research are:

  • culture and society in early Modern Britain;
  • slavery in the Atlantic World, 1650-1834;
  • the material culture of gender in 18th century Britain;
  • urban society and civil society in historical context;
  • clothing cultures in comparative historical contexts;
  • western European demography, 1850-1939;
  • cinema and society in modern Britain;
  • gender, crime and deviancy: Britain c. 1860-1960;
  • energy policy in Britain since 1920;
  • the economic history of China in the 20th century.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Office
+44 (0)131 650 3772