Why this course?

This taught postgraduate programme aims to introduce you to the advanced level study of history while deepening your historical understanding and awareness.

You’re offered a wide choice of classes as well as rigorous training in historical research methods and sources. You can choose to study thematic, historiographical or theoretical topics across a broad chronological and geographical range. There’s also the possibility of specialising in a particular area such as:

  • international relations history in the 19th and 20th centuries
  • early modern Scottish history

You’ll study

There’s a wide choice of classes within a flexible curriculum.

Core modules

  • Sources, Skills and Methods for Historians 1
  • Sources, Skills and Methods for Historians 2
  • Option modules

Choose from:

  • Palaeography, c1500-c1800
  • Britain, France and the United States, 1945-1958: Diplomacy, Strategy and Alliance
  • Transatlantic Influences: the United States and Europe after 1958
  • Nationalism and Nation-states in the Arab Middle East, 1900-1945
  • Plantations by Land and Sea, 1540-1700
  • Pharmaceuticals, Ethics and Health, 1800-1980
  • Segregation, Migration and War: African-Americans, 1910-1930
  • The Patriarchal Family in Early Modern Society
  • Governing Highs and Health: History and the Control of Drugs
  • Work and Occupational Health in the 20th Century
  • Themes in the History of Health and Colonial Medicine in South Asia
  • War, Sacrifice and the Nation in Europe, 1789-1918
  • Scotland and Ulster in the early modern North Atlantic World
  • The Lordship of the Isles
  • Food and Health in the West during the 20th Century

Note: Not all classes will be on offer in any one year. Others may also be chosen from Level 5 classes offered by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


MSc students also write a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Entry requirements

first or upper second-class Honours degree in History or overseas equivalent a suitable minimum level of competency in the English language if your first language is not English. For postgraduate studies, the University of Strathclyde requires a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent; TOEFL overall score required is 90 to 95 in the IBT (internet-based test)

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non-EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Fees & funding

How much will my course cost?

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.


  • 2015/16 - MSc: £4,200
  • 2015/16 - PgDip: £4,000

Rest of UK

  • 2015/16 - MSc: £4,200
  • 2015/16 - PgDip: £4,000


  • 2015/16 - MSc: £11,000
  • 2015/16 - PgDip: £7,350

How can I fund my course?

The fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.

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