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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 and optional courses selected from a prescribed list. Please note that some options have prerequisites and some have a restricted intake.

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.

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses for MSc Economic History (Research) 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: V3U2 (check availability)

Start date: 22 September 2016

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

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

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Fees and financial support). MSc Economic History (Research) is accredited for ESRC funding as part of a four-year award (see ESRC). Your complete application must be submitted before 11 January 2016 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