The Scottish History programme at The University of Edinburgh offers an unrivalled range of courses that explore Scotland’s past across a broad period - from the early medieval period to contemporary developments - and Scotland’s place in comparative and global contexts.
The examination of Scotland’s past has been at the centre of history teaching at the University since the Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History and Palaeography was established in 1901.
You’ll have access to some of the most impressive archival collections in the UK, including our Centre for Research Collections and the nationally significant collections held by the National Library of Scotland and the National Records of Scotland, both of which are nearby.
Our students view the programme and a graduate degree from Edinburgh as an advanced qualification valued and respected by many employers.
Those students interested in long-term academic careers consider the MSc as preparation for a PhD.
The combination of specialised skills training courses and seminars, and the opportunity for independent research provides you with transferable skills that will be beneficial whatever path you choose.
Graduates pursue work in related areas such as:
- policy think-tanks
- national and international civil services
- non-governmental organisations
- historic trusts
Others build on the transferable skills gained and enter areas as diverse as:
- public administration
- Historical Methodology
- Historical Research: Skills and Sources
- Themes in Scottish Historiography
- Saints Cults, Pilgrimage and Piety in Scotland
- Edinburgh's Slavery Connections
- Slavery in the British Atlantic World, 1650-1834
- Athens of the North: The Origins and Ideas of the Scottish Enlightenment
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree, a minimum US 3.25 GPA or international equivalent, in History or another humanities or social science subject with a significant historical component (not necessarily Scottish).
- Relevant experience, or professional or other qualifications will also be considered.
International25300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9700 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9700 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Home - £4,850
- International/EU - £12,650
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.
The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:
- your programme
- the duration of your studies
- your tuition fee status
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.