Research course


University of Edinburgh · School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline and a relevant masters degree with a mark of at least 65% in the dissertation and 65% overall, or their international equivalents.

All applicants must also meet our English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

History at Edinburgh is one of the largest and most distinguished departments of its kind.

Our teaching offers a rich diversity of topics, delivered by a diverse, multinational group of historians whose interests cross many periods, regions and specialisms.

Research interests within History are extremely wide-ranging and include:

  • medieval culture, religion, gender, and law
  • historical theory
  • early modern witchcraft and the occult
  • the Italian Renaissance
  • North America from the colonial era
  • intellectual history from Machiavelli to Marx
  • genocide
  • Nazi and post-war Germany
  • Russia and the Soviet Union
  • the Cold War
  • political, social, and cultural aspects of the history of China, Japan and India in the modern era

We hold particular expertise in:

  • Pre-modern history: our research interests lie in the social, political, religious and cultural history of Europe – from the fall of Rome to the Renaissance, with particular emphasis on England, France and Italy.

  • Modern British and Irish history: we have particular interests in early modern religion, belief and intellectual history (including the Scottish Enlightenment); social and political history; relations between Britain and Ireland; Irish migration; and international relations and warfare.

  • Modern European history: specialisms include astrology and belief; Renaissance Venice; 18th-century political and intellectual history; genocide; France; Germany; Russia and the Soviet Union; and Spain.

  • American history: our expertise includes revolutionary and early national America; the Civil War; US diplomatic history in the 19th and 20th centuries; politics in the 20th century; African-American history and the civil rights movement.

  • Non-western history: we research African history; the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth; and modern India, Pakistan, China and Japan.

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Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Graduate School Office
+44 (0) 131 650 3782