Taught course

Economic and Social History

University of St Andrews · School of History

Entry requirements

A good 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree or equivalent in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Economic and Social History is a one-year taught programme run by the School of History.

The programme offers a distinctive combination of interdisciplinary study and specialisation. It provides the training required for advanced research in social and economic history; as well as specialised study in a chosen historical period (mediaeval to modern), and training in knowledge transfer, where students communicate aspects of their research to non-academic audiences.

The ultimate intention is to prepare students for work beyond the MSc, either doctoral research or employment in related areas.


  • This interdisciplinary programme offers training in the research methods required for higher-level research in social and economic history.
  • You will develop an understanding of, and critical engagement with, a variety of approaches to social and economic history, including quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  • You will be exposed to the distinctive debates and controversies relating to the social and economic history of your chosen specialist period, and will enhance your ability to engage in such debates.
  • The innovative 'History in Practice' modules offer essential training in the communication of your research to academic and non-academic audiences.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
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