MSc Global History


Intellectual objectives

The programme was developed in response to the maturation of global history as a field, the contribution of economic history to the development of that field, and the increasing involvement of members of the department in this area. Major themes of interest include modern globalization, past globalizations and the consequences of the global integration of commodity and factor markets upon states, societies and cultures in many regions. A wide-ranging academic programme, the MSc combines approaches from history, economics, and international studies with the study of globalization processes in the past and the present.

Teaching and Learning

The MSc comprises compulsory courses that introduce major debates and key analytical tools, as well as provide a general grounding in major processes in global history over the last millennium. In addition, optional courses address the economic history of specific parts of the world such as Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America, with a strong focus on comparative studies. The courses seek to explain, among other stylized facts, the origins of international economic inequality in the modern world, and the historical roots of poverty, inequality, instability, violence, and economic growth.

Student Profile

The programme is aimed at students with a first degree in social sciences and humanities, and with an interest in issues of globalization. Minimum entry requirements are a BA degree (or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution), sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the chosen field, and excellent written and oral command of English. The programme is relevant for students considering a wide range of career options, especially those fields involving cross-cultural or international contact. It provides a strong foundation for students seeking to continue research in global and comparative history.

MSc Global History

Full-year programme. Students must take compulsory courses to the value of 2.5 units, and either optional courses to the value of one unit and a half-unit dissertation, or optional courses to the value of 0.5 units and a full unit dissertation.

Paper 1  EH481 Economic Change in Global History: Approaches and Analysis

Paper 2&3 Two of the following:

EH482 Pre-modern Paths of Growth: East and West compared, c1000-1800
EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th centuries
HY423 Empire, Colonialism and Globalization    

Paper 4 Either

EH479  Dissertation: Global History (H) and courses to the value of one full unit from the following (if not already taken under paper 2)    

Or  EH480  Dissertation: MSc Global History and courses to the value of 0.5 units from the following (if not already taken under paper 2):  

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)
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 Economics (H) (n/a 15/16)
EH424   The British Economy in Global Perspective, 1000-2000 (H) (n/a 2015/16) 
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 2015/16)
EH429 History of Economics: Ideas, Policy and Performativity (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH446 Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia  (n/a15/16)
EH447 Great Depressions in Economic History (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH451  Latin American Development: Political economy of growth (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH452 Latin American Development and Economic History (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH463 The Long-Run Analysis of Firms and Industries (H)  
EH464 The Historical Context of Business (H)
EH466 Labour and Work in Preindustrial Europe (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH467 Epidemics: Epidemic disease in history, 1348-2000 (H) (n/a 2015/16)
EH476 The Economic History of War   
EH482 Pre-modern Paths of Growth: East and West compared, c1000-1800
EH483 The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th centuries
EH486 Shipping and Sea Power in Asian Waters, c1600-1860 (H) 
EH487 International Economic Institutions since World War I (H)

Notes: ** These courses cannot be combined with EH422

Students can also take HY449 Long-term History: The Patterns of the Past and the Shape of Things to Come, a non-assessed course taken in addition to the required four full-units as detailed above.