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MSc Economic History

About the MSc programme

The MSc Economic History offers a flexible programme to those who have already studied economic history at first degree level, or for those who have studied a related discipline and whose interests have moved towards economic history. Applicants for our MSc programmes should have at least an upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in the social sciences.

Programme details

The wide range of courses in economic history available enables candidates to compile a programme that meets their particular requirements. 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.

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 from:


Depending on the type of essay/dissertation chosen, students are expected to select a total of one and a half units or two units from a range of options.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Economic History in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

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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: V3U1 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

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

Intake/applications in 2014: 70/289 (with 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 £12,504;
overseas £19,344

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support)

Application deadline: None