Taught course

Early Modern History

University of Glasgow · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

You’ll also need to submit a short (one paragraph) statement of interest in this programme.

Months of entry


Course content

This Masters focuses on the late 15th to 18th centuries, providing opportunities to explore social, political, religious and cultural historical themes across wide geographic and chronological ranges in a university with extensive library, museum and archive collections for this period. Experts in Early Modern Scotland, England, Europe, Africa, and the Americas contribute to our teaching. You will take a core course in Research, Resources and Skills alongside other History students and five optional courses.


  • Glasgow is an outstanding resource hub for the study of Early Modern History. On campus, the university library holds superb printed and manuscript collections from the medieval to the present. You can also use the Baillie Collection of printed medieval and modern sources in Scottish, Irish and English history. The University’s Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery provides access to primary source materials in fields such as fine art, numismatics and ethnography.
  • Members of staff teaching on this programme have close links with the city’s world class museums.
  • Early Modern History at Glasgow is a dynamic and supportive research community with an increasingly global perspective, where you’re encouraged to take part in many research led initiatives such as seminar programmes, reading and research groups.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.5.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    part time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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