The wide range of courses available in economic history enables candidates to compile a programme that meets their particular requirements. It provides a broad training in social science research methods and their application to historical study, including the role of theory, evaluation, analysis and explanation, quantitative techniques and computing, the use of sources and presentational skills.
Teaching and Learning
The degree is a twelve month programme, consisting of one compulsory half unit, a compulsory dissertation (half or full unit), and optional courses to the value of two and a half or three units selected from the prescribed list, which must include at least one of our advanced survey courses on modern or pre-modern economic history over the last millennium.
The programme is aimed at those students who read economics or economic history at undergraduate level, and for those who studied a related discipline and whose interests have moved towards economic history. Students leave the department equipped for any profession that requires intellectual judgement, the ability to assess evidence and ideas, and good communication skills.
Full-year programme. Students must take compulsory courses to the value of 1.5 units, and either optional courses to the value of two units and a half-unit dissertation, or optional courses to the value of 1.5 units and a full unit dissertation.
(H= Half unit)
EH401 Historical Analysis of Economic Change (H)
Paper 2: Choose from
EH482 Pre-modern Paths of Growth: East and West compared, c1000-1800 or
EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th centuries
Paper 3 and 4
EH498 Dissertation: MSc Economic History (H) and courses to the value of two full units from the papers listed below*
EH499 Dissertation: MSc Economic History and courses to the value of 1.5 units from the papers listed below:
EH402 Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Economic History (H)
EH404 India and the World Economy (H)
EH408 International Migration, 1500-2000: from slavery to asylum (H) (n/a 16/17)
EH409 Chinese Economy in Transition: 1850-1950
EH413 African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (H)
EH422 Topics in Quantitative Economic History
EH423 Japan and Korea as Developing Economies (H) (n/a 16/17)
EH426 Quantitative Topics in Economic History I: Cross-section and Panel Data (H)**
EH427 Quantitative Topics in Economic History II: Time Series and Economic Dynamics (H)**
EH428 History of Economics: Making Political Economy into a Social Science (H) (n/a 16/17)
EH429 History of Economics: Ideas, Policy and Performativity (H)
EH446 Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia
EH451 Latin American Development: Political economy of growth (H) (n/a 16/17)
EH452 Latin American Development and Economic History (H)
EH463 The Long-Run Analysis of Firms and Industries (H)
EH464 The Historical Context of Business (H)
EH476 The Economic History of War
EH482 Pre-modern Paths of Growth: East and West compared, c1000-1800 (if not taken under paper 2)
EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th Centuries (if not taken under paper 2)
EH486 Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters, c1600-1860 (H) (n/a 2016/17)
LL4CB Modern Legal History: Private Law and the Economy 1750-1950
EC465 Economic Growth, Development, and Capitalism in Historical Perspective‡
* With the approval of their academic adviser, students may request to take EH499 (Dissertation: MSc Economic History) and courses to the value of 1.5 units from the papers 3 and 4 options list, instead of taking EH498.
** These courses cannot be combined with EH422
‡ Any student wishing to take EC465 must successfully complete EC400