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MSc Economic History (Research)


Intellectual Objectives

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 two compulsory half units, a compulsory dissertation (which counts as two units), and optional courses to the value of two 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 training responds to the need for enhanced research skills and is designed to be valuable to those wishing to proceed to research degrees.

Student Profile

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.

MSc Economic History (Research)

Full-year, five unit programme. Students must take two compulsory half-unit courses, optional courses to the value of two units and a dissertation (which counts as two units) as shown.

1a  EH401 , Historical Analysis of Economic Change(H)

1b One of the following:
EH402 Research Design and Quantitative Methods in Economic History (H)
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)**

2  Courses to the value of one unit from the following:

EH422  Topics in Quantitative Economic History 
EH446  Economic Development of East and Southeast Asia
EH476  The Economic History of War
EH482  Pre-Modern Paths of Growth: East and West Compared, 1000-1800
EH483  The Development and Integration of the World Economy in the 19th and 20th Centuries

3 Either another paper from 2 above OR two half-units from below:

EH404  India and the World Economy (H)
EH408  International Migration, 1500-2000: from slavery to asylum (H) (n/a 2016/17)
EH409 Chinese Economy in Transition: 1850-1950
EH413  African Economic Development in Historical Perspective (H)
EH423  Japan and Korea as Developing Economics (H) (n/a 2016/17)
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 2016/17)
EH429 History of Economics: Ideas, Policy and Performativity (H)  
EH451 Latin American Development: Political economy of growth (H) (n/a 2016/17)
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) 
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  (n/a 2016/17) 
EC465 Economic Growth, Development, and Capitalism in Historical Perspective‡

4 & 5 Dissertation which is assessed as:

EH496 Research Dissertation A: Contextualisation, Theory and Research Design and
EH497 Research Dissertation B: Implementation: Evidence, Analysis and Contribution

** These courses cannot be combined with EH422

‡ Any student wishing to take EC465 must successfully complete EC400.