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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, the distinctive debates and controversies relating to the social and economic history. You will enhance your ability to engage in such debates.
  • The programme will develop appropriate research, quantitative and other skills through training in social science methodologies as well as those commonly used in history. These include quantitative analysis and critical assessment of research methodologies.
  • You will receive training in the use of libraries, appropriate databases (electronic and otherwise), archives or other source appropriate repositories.

Teaching format

The MSc degree requires that students take half their modules in social sciences and half in history over Semesters 1 and 2. The four social science modules offer essential training in quantitative and qualitative methods, and in the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences. The history modules examine the key historiographical issues relating to economic and social history in the modern period.

In each module, students engage with independent and group study in a supportive framework of teaching and learning. Teaching methods include:

  • seminars
  • one-to-one discussion
  • project work
  • small group discussion
  • workshops.

The range of assessments blend diagnostic work to determine student needs, formative work submitted for assessment and feedback (but not necessarily for academic credit), and summative work submitted for academic credit. The forms of assessment include:

  • essays
  • oral presentations
  • dissertation.

Over the summer, students complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice under the supervision of a member of staff.


The modules in this programme have varying methods of delivery and assessment. For more details of each module, including weekly contact hours, teaching methods and assessment, please see our website; some elements may be subject to change for 2021 entry.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
EU: £9,450 Overseas: £19,400

There are a variety of funding options available for postgraduate students. For more details visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

School of History
+44 (0)1334 46 2907