Taught course

Economic and Social History

University of Edinburgh · School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Entry requirements

A UK first class or 2:1 Honours degree at undergraduate level or the international equivalent in a relevant discipline is normally required. All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

We host one of the largest economic and social history research groupings in the UK.

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.

The diversity of our research means we can support students’ economic and social history study in a vast range of time periods and geographical regions, from the early modern period to the present day, and from Britain to 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 1860–1960
  • energy policy in Britain since 1920
  • the economic history of China in the 20th century

The University’s economic and social historians host two research groups: Material and Visual Cultures of the Past and Enlightenment and Popular Culture.

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 http://www.ed.ac.uk/student-funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Office
+44 (0)131 650 3772