Research course

Economic and Social History

University of Glasgow · College of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Our research degree applicants will usually possess a good Master’s degree (or overseas equivalent), with a significant component in economic and social history.

Your proposed research topic should be in an area in which supervision can be offered. You may find it helpful to search our staff research profiles.
Required documentation

Applicants should submit:
  • Transcripts/degree certificate
  • Two references
  • A one-page research proposal
  • CV
  • Name of potential Supervisor

Research proposal

Candidates are required to provide a single page outline of the research subject proposed (approximately 1000 words). This need not be a final thesis proposal but should include:
  • a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
  • the question that your research will address
  • an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
  • an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
  • a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
  • a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
  • an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult

Months of entry


Course content

We are proud to host the largest cluster of economic and social historians in Scotland. We are internationally recognised for research excellence in modern economic and social history, with exceptional strengths in business and financial history, the history of medicine, and social and gender history.

The Economic and Social History pathway represents the historical approach to the social sciences. As such, it encompasses a very wide array of intellectual approaches and brings the particular rigour and demands of historical enquiry to a range of social science methodologies.

Specific programmes included in this pathway are

  • MSc in Global Economy
  • MSc in History
  • MSc in History (with an emphasis on the History of Medicine
  • MSc in Social History (jointly run by the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde)

Core courses are specific to each of the MSc programmes, and include

  • training in historical methodology
  • quantitative methods
  • qualitative methods and/or social theory as appropriate

Upon completion of the MSc, students undertake PhD study, working closely with supervisors expert in the specific focus of their theses.

Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.

Information for international students

Please see the English Language requirements if your first language is not English. Please also see the international page.

Fees and funding

Please see the postgraduate research scholarships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 - 60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details