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MSc Economic History (Research)

About the MSc programme

The MSc Economic History (Research) provides training in methods including the role of theory, evaluation, analysis and explanation, quantitative techniques and computing, the use of sources and presentational skills, all of which give a foundation for more advanced research work in the subject. Applicants for our MSc programmes should have at least an upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in the social sciences. Students considering further graduate work and/or students who have received an ESRC 1+3 grant, must successfully complete the MSc Economic History (Research) degree.

Programme details

The programme comprises two compulsory half units, a dissertation (which counts as two units) and optional courses to the value of two units selected from the prescribed list. Please note that some options have prerequisites and some have a restricted intake. The range of options available in any one year may vary.

Students leave the Department equipped for any profession that requires intellectual judgement, the ability to assess and analyse evidence and ideas, and good communication skills.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

One of the following research training courses:

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two full units from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

Economic history graduates can be found in management and administration in the public and private sectors; banking; journalism; economic consultancy; and library and museum services, to mention just a few.


Application code: V3U2 Research (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

Duration: 12 months full-time, 24 months part-time 

Intake/applications in 2013: 89/248 (with non-Research track)

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in social science (see entry requirements)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £12,024; overseas £18,600

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support). MSc Economics History (Research) is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four year award (see ESRC). Your complete application must be submitted before 12 January 2015 to be considered for nomination  

Application deadline: None 

Notes: This research track can be taken as a stand alone qualification or as the first year of a research degree, followed by 3-4 years of MPhil/PhD. You should indicate in your personal statement if you wish to be considered for the 1+3 programme and submit an outline research proposal