Taught course

History (with an emphasis on History of Medicine)

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Humanities
Qualifications
MLittMSc

Entry requirements

2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (e.g. a GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant social science or humanities subject. A short (one paragraph) statement of interest is also required.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This programme provides you with thorough research training, an outstanding learning experience, and a wide set of transferable skills in the conception, design and execution of a research project.

Why this programme

  • If you are looking to pursue a specialisation in the history of medicine, led and supported by internationally-regarded historians, this programme is ideal for you.
  • Strong links with the University's Hunterian Museum, Anatomy Museum and Art Gallery, will give you access to primary source material including an enormous collection of anatomical and pathological specimens, coins, books, manuscripts and ethnography.
  • The Centre for the History of Medicine has a reference library, computing facilities, and other equipment providing excellent support for research. We also run research seminars and workshops, and an annual research forum, all of which bring in speakers from throughout the world.
  • Our researchers have access to rich archival materials held locally by the Greater Glasgow Health Board, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Glasgow University Archives, Glasgow City Archives and the Special Collections of the Glasgow University Library. Archives elsewhere in Scotland are also easily accessible

Programme Structure

You will take four core and two optional courses, and submit a dissertation on a topic of your choosing.

Core courses

  • Approaches to history
  • Research resources and skills for historians
  • History of medicine 1: studies in the history of medicine before 1850
  • History of medicine 2: studies in the history of medicine from 1850 to 2000.
Optional courses

MSc students need to choose two courses from the list below

  • Introduction to social theory for researchers
  • Quantitative methods
  • Qualitative methods.

MLitt students can choose from a wide selection of courses from subject areas within the College of Arts and College of Social Sciences.

Career prospects

Apart from continuing to study a PhD, you can transfer the Arts research skills and methods you learn on this programme to positions in the modern public and private sectors, such as heritage, policy and projects, journalism and teaching.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

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

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.5
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 23
    • Listening:23
    • Speaking: 23
    • Writing: 24
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 64 overall; no sub-test less than 62
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£16000

Qualification and course duration

MLitt

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MSc

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Professor Malcolm Nicolson
Email
Malcolm.Nicolson@glasgow.ac.uk