Taught course

Health History

University of Strathclyde · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

• first or upper second-class Honours degree in History or a related discipline, or overseas equivalent. • supporting academic references • If you do not have a degree but have worked in the health profession you may also apply. We will require a comprehensive CV, supporting professional references. You may be asked to attend an interview. • English language requirements: You're required to have a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English or if you have not been educated wholly or mainly in the medium of English. For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 (no individual test score below 6.0) or equivalent. Tests are valid for two years. Pre-sessional courses in English are available. If you’re a national of an English speaking country recognised by UK Visa and Immigrations (please check most up-to-date list on the Home Office website) or you have successfully completed an academic qualification (at least equivalent to a UK bachelor's degree) in any of these countries, then you do not need to present any additional evidence. If you are from a country not recognised as an English speaking country by the United Kingdom Vis and Immigration (UKVI), please check our English requirements before making your application. You may also be asked to attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Health History explores the last two-and-a-half centuries to seek the origins and impacts of our modern health experiences and expectations, together with the reasons they've changed so rapidly. It examines a variety of issues such as:

  • the development of psychiatry since its birth in the 19th century
  • the rise of regulation for drugs and medicines
  • the impact of warfare on medical technologies
  • the challenges faced by those seeking to transform the health of British children

The degree is suitable for those from humanities, social science and health science backgrounds as well as those who have worked in the health professions.

The MSc Health History is organised around the expertise of staff in the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow. The CSHHH is a research collaboration between historians of medicine and of health and healthcare at Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde universities.

Information for international students

http://www.strath.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduatetaught/ http://www.strath.ac.uk/sees/infoint/

Fees and funding

UK students
International students




Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months


full time
9 months
part time
9 months

Course contact details

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