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.
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
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.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
MSc by research
Course contact details
- Graduate School Administrative Assistant
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