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Economic and Social History, MPhil, PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #20 (QS) ,
The diversity of our research at this Economic and Social History at The University of Edinburgh means we can support students’ economic and social history study in a vast range of time periods and geographical regions and from the early modern period to the present day.

About

We host one of the largest economic and social history research groupings in the UK.

Staff research interests are wide-ranging, including the study of economic development, energy policy, globalisation, slavery, urban history, consumption, material culture, museums and collecting, leisure, religious belief, popular culture, medicine and disease, gender, sexuality and the family.

Our postgraduate students at this Economic and Social History at The University of Edinburgh have access to:

  • A dedicated study and computing lab with printing, copying and scanning facilities, overlooking the Meadows, one of the city’s best-loved green spaces.
  • Two research rooms, shared with undergraduates, housing some of our impressive book collections and a small selection of computing facilities.
  • A large common room overlooking the Meadows, shared by students and staff.
  • Our PhD study room. Subject to available desk space, you may apply after semester one of your first year.
  • A number of small-scale teaching rooms, well-equipped with facilities such as data projection and smart boards.
  • Exhibition areas, filled with artefacts and artwork from our collections.
Career

Our PhD students develop a highly valued set of research and professional skills which enable them to go on to a wide variety of careers.

Many of our PhD students wish to pursue an academic career, and we have an excellent record of helping our students obtain research and teaching posts in universities in the UK and overseas.

PhD students also develop a portfolio of skills which are highly desirable across a wide range of sectors, from museums and heritage to the civil service, banking and the law.

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description
      PhD - 3 years
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description
      PhD - 3 years
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Particular areas of expertise available for research are: 
  • culture and society in early modern Britain; 
  • slavery in the Atlantic world: 1650–1834; 
  • the material culture of gender in 18th-century Britain; 
  • urban society and civil society in historical context; 
  • clothing cultures in comparative historical contexts; 
  • cinema and society in modern Britain; 
  • gender, crime and deviancy: Britain 1860–1960; 
  • energy policy in Britain since 1920; 
  • the economic history of China in the 20th century.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  •  A UK 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline and a relevant masters degree with an overall mark of at least 65%, or US GPA 3.4 or other international equivalent.
  • We may also consider your application if you have relevant professional experience; please check with your potential supervisor before you apply.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19000 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Home/EU fees have still to be agreed

MPhil part-time fees

  • Overseas: £9,500

PhD full-time fees

  • Overseas: £19,000

PhD part-time fees

  • Overseas: £9,500

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • School of History, Classics & Archaeology Doctoral Awards
  • Research scholarships for international students
  • Principal's Career Development PhD Scholarships

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