Has the end of the Cold War created a new world order? Has the fall of the Berlin Wall inaugurated a new Europe? Has 9/11 changed our world and the character of our democracies forever? Are we facing a ‘clash of cultures’ in the Middle East? Is American power declining and being replaced by new players on the world stage?
A specialised methodological and historiographical course will help you appreciate the distinctiveness of contemporary history; its use of radio, television, film, and internet-based sources such as Wikileaks; and its methodology. This rigorous skills training will be supplemented by a variety of topical, specialised options, covering virtually every distinctive approach to history (e.g. political, social and economic) and every region on the globe, underlining the increasing globalisation of our recent past.
The MSc makes use of Edinburgh’s unique archival and bibliographical resources – the National Archives of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the University’s library and archives – and is enriched by the city’s key role in current British politics. Additionally, with our close association to the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History , Edinburgh is a wonderful environment for contemporary scholarship.
The Contemporary History programme at The University of Edinburgh combines methodological and substantive courses with intensive student participation. The analysis of diverse primary source material is essential, as is situating research findings within an established historiographical tradition. You will complete three compulsory courses and select a further three options from a wide range on offer. You will also complete a dissertation.
This is an advanced qualification, valued and respected by employers and also suitable as preparation for a PhD and a long-term academic career. The combination of skills training, specialised seminars, and independent research provides you with transferable skills that will be beneficial whatever path you choose.
Graduates work in related areas such as museums, policy think-tanks, national and international civil services, non-governmental organisations, galleries, libraries and historic trusts. Others enter business, media, public administration or marketing.
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- Historical Methodology
- Historical Research: Skills and Sources
- The United States and the Vietnam War: Origins and Repercussions
- The Sixties in the United States
- Islamic History
- Global Environmental History
- Black Activism in Britain since 1800
- An Age of Great Dreams: The 1960s in the United States
- Conservatism in the United States, c.1930-c.1990
- The Civil Rights Movement
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- 12 months
- 24 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies History Modern History View 643 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in United Kingdom
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- A UK 2:1 honours degree, a minimum US 3.25 GPA or international equivalent in a subject related to this programme.
- Relevant experience, or professional or other qualifications will also be considered.
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International25300 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased 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
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
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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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.