Economic and social history is the study of the way societies change in their economic activities and social organisation. It is concerned with how people in the past lived and worked, and how this has affected the development of today’s world.
You will study economic and social trends from 1750 to the present day, both in Britain and internationally, and with an emphasis on the development of a wide range of transferable skills.
You will take two courses around the themes of
- the workplace
- social order and conflict
- gender and the family
- migration and the community
- international economic relations.
You will be introduced to major themes in history, including sources of economic growth and social change, and the international transmission of social and economic trends.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
You will study economic and social change in the UK from 1750 onwards, in two courses.
The first course, studying the period 1750-1914, begins with the Industrial Revolution and deals with questions such as why the British economy grew so rapidly and the social consequences of change.
The second course, from 1914 to the present day, analyses many of the same themes in the context of the UK’s economic and social development in the 20th century. The impact of the two World Wars is considered, along with changes in interwar Britain, the rise of the Welfare State and postwar economic decline.
You will also study two other subjects in year 2: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
Years 3 and 4
If you successfully complete the courses in first and second years you may progress to study for an Honours degree (years 3 and 4). In your Honours years you will be able to choose from a wide range of options covering countries including Germany, India, the USA, Eastern Europe, Scotland and the UK.
Economic and social history is a subject with a strong international outlook. We have links with universities around the world for both teaching and research.
At Honours, it is possible to do this degree together with a language. It usually involves spending a year abroad between years 2 and 3. This type of degree is particularly useful if you hope to develop a career overseas.
Our graduates are trained to express themselves logically and to speak confidently. They have learned how to handle and analyse information, to make independent judgements, and organise their time effectively. They have found employment in a very wide range of careers, including:
- management in industry, retailing, marketing and financial services
- central and local government
- the media and information technology
- teaching at all levels
- libraries, museums and archives
- social work and other personnel services.
For international students entry to this programme is supported by courses from GIC.
Previous knowledge of economics or history is not necessary.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAAB (including English or a humanities subject/language) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAA or AAABB at their first sitting may receive a conditional offer dependent upon them attaining enough Highers and/or Advanced Highers to bring their total attainment to six or more Highers/Advanced Highers by the end of their second sitting. English or a humanities subject/language at grade A or B, if not attained at first sitting, will be required.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AAAB, AABBB or AABB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
Higher applicants to Social Sciences MA (Soc Sci) degrees must attain, or have attained, EITHER English Higher OR another humanities/language Higher subject to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages Higher subjects are listed below.
- Art & Design
- Business Management
- Chinese Language and Culture
- Classical Greek
- Classical studies
- English for Speakers of Other Languages
- Media Studies
- Modern Studies
- Personal and social education
- Religious Education
- Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
A-levels: Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry once all results have been received and reviewed in August 2014.
IB: A minimum of 34 points is required to be considered for an offer. Actual offers will specify subjects and grades to be attained at Higher Level.
If you have exceptional A-level or Advanced Higher grades it's possible to gain exemption from Year 1 study and enter directly into Year 2 or follow a faster route advanced entry programme, both of which allow you to complete your degree in one year less than usual. See: Advanced entry
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)
Common equivalent English language qualifications:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
- PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: Elaine.Shortt@glasgow.ac.uk
If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:
my academic qualifications are below the requirements?
Glasgow International College offers Foundation courses to upgrade your academic qualifications.
Visa requirements and proof of English language level
It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.
For further information about English language, please contact the Language Centre.