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MSc Global History

About the MSc programme

This programme is intended for graduates in history, geography, anthropology and other humanities degrees as well as related social sciences, such as economics, politics and sociology (prior knowledge of economic theory is not essential).

Applicants should have at least an upper second class honours degree or its equivalent in a social science or humanities subject and a desire to explore change in a global perspective over the long term.

The programme was developed in response to the maturation of global history as a field; by the contribution of economic history and social science based approaches to the framing and content of the field; and by the increasing involvement of members of the Department in this area. To achieve coherence and rigour, the focus is specifically on economic change considered in its cultural, social and political contexts.

Programme details

The MSc comprises compulsory courses to the value of two and a half units, and either optional courses to the value of one unit and a half unit dissertation, or optional courses to the value of a half unit and a dissertation to the value of one unit. The compulsory half unit course introduces central debates and key analytical tools and the full unit courses provide a general grounding in major processes in global history over the last millennium.

Compulsory courses

(* half unit)

  • Economic Change in Global History: Approaches and Analysis* introduces central themes and analytical tools in global history, focussing on the history of material progress and stasis, and considering the comparisons and connections between the histories of different regions of the world.

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Depending on the type of essay/dissertation chosen, students will be expected to choose a total of half or one unit 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

Global Studies provides essential training for those who wish to develop professional research expertise in global history. Graduates of the programme have gone on to study for a PhD, into jobs in international economic agencies and development, as well as journalism, economic consultancy and management and administration in the public and private sectors.


Application code: V3U6 (check availability)

Start date: 24 September 2015

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

Intake/applications in 2013: 17/75

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in humanities or social science. Prior knowledge of economic theory is not essential (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)

Application deadline: None

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