MSc Historical Studies

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Description

MSc Historical Studies

University of Strathclyde: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 14, 2018
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4,200 GBP
United Kingdom - Glasgow, Scotland
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