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MSc Economic History (Research)

About the MSc programme

The MSc Economic History (Research) 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.

You will be able to choose from a wide range of elective courses in economic history, allowing you to compile a programme according to your interests and career goals. You will also choose one of three research training courses, a compulsory economic history course, and complete a dissertation on an approved topic of your choice.

This rigorous academic training responds to labour market requirements for enhanced research skills and is designed to be valuable to those proceeding to research degrees and university teaching, as well as to those who intend to pursue careers in public service, industry, commerce, the media and law. The programme also aims to meet the needs of mid-career professionals who would like to refresh their research skills and understanding of the subject.

Programme details

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: 21 September 2017

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

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

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: UK/EU £13,008 (provisional EU); overseas £20,112

Financial support: Graduate Support Scheme (see Financial support), ESRC funding as part of a four-year award (see ESRC)

Application deadline: None - rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadline for ESRC funding: 9 January. Selection for funding is based on receipt of an application for a place – including all ancillary documents

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

Intake/applications in 2016: 7/59