12 months
25300 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Economic and Social History programme at The University of Edinburgh is designed to meet Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) requirements as a research training masters qualification. It includes recognised courses in research design and methodology, including quantitative and qualitative methods.

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We host one of the largest economic and social history research groupings in the UK. Staff research interests are wide-ranging, including the study of:

  • economic development
  • energy policy
  • financial history
  • globalisation
  • urban history
  • consumption
  • material culture
  • museums and collecting
  • leisure
  • religious belief
  • popular culture
  • medicine and disease
  • gender
  • sexuality
  • the family

The diversity of our research means we can support students’ economic and social history study in a vast range of time periods and geographical regions and from the early modern period to the present day.

Particular areas of expertise available for research are:

  • culture and society in early modern Britain
  • the material culture of gender in 18th-century Britain
  • urban society and civil society in historical context
  • clothing cultures in comparative historical contexts
  • cinema and society in modern Britain
  • gender, crime and deviancy: Britain 1860–1960
  • energy policy in Britain since 1920
  • the economic history of China in the 20th century
  • history of medicine and health in Britain since 1750

The University’s economic and social historians host three research groups: material and visual cultures of the past; enlightenment and popular culture; and economic and social history.

Career opportunities

This Economic and Social History programme at The University of Edinburgh  is specifically designed for students who anticipate progressing to a doctoral programme, but it can also function as excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Economic and Social Theory for Historical Analysis
  • Supervised Reading Course (E&SH)
  • Core quantitative Data Analysis 
  • Research Skills in the Social Sciences: Data Collection
  • Research Design
  • Historical Research: Skills and Sources
  • Historical Methodology
  • Macroeconomics 
  • Microeconomics 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, a minimum US 3.25 GPA or its international equivalent, in a subject related to this programme.
  • Relevant experience, or professional or other qualifications will also be considered.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    25300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 25300 GBP per year during 12 months.

Home fees have still to be agreed


  • International/EU: £12,650

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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 government loan schemes. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

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.

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