The study of history is the study of change and continuity in human society through time. Scottish history is the study of Scotland’s past. In this wide-ranging programme you will learn different approaches to studying the past as a way of understanding the present in its political, economic, ideological, social and cultural sense.
Due to the wide-ranging research interests of our many staff, you will be able to pick from a diverse range of Scottish history courses, both in terms of the number of courses and their chronological spread.
In your first year you will take two core courses in history, one of which introduces you to the history of Scotland.
The course offers you a fresh and stimulating approach to the major forces instrumental in the shaping of politics, society and culture in Europe and will explore the rich diversity of the period covered. Topics you will study include
- The Formation of the Kingdom
- The Wars of Independence
- Renaissance and Reformation
- The Union of Crowns and the ‘British Problem’
- The Union of 1707, Jacobitism and ‘North Britain’
- Social and Industrial Transformation
- Imperial Scotland: Migration and Empire
- Social and Economic Transformation of Scotland, 1885-1997
- Political and Cultural Change in the Twentieth Century.
You will also study two other subjects of your choice in year 1: see Degrees in Arts, Science and Social Sciences.
In second year you will study Cultural Histroy and American History. These two history courses will enable you to set Scottish history in a broader context.
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 year, you may progress to Honours (years 3 and 4). You can only take Scottish History as a Joint Honours degree in combination with another subject. It is most often combined with Celtic Studies.
Courses you may take include
- The Highland Clearances
- The first Scottish War of Independence
- Migrant Nation: Scotland and the modern world, 1745-1979
- Scottish popular culture
- Warfare in Scotland 1: from Mons Graupius to Sauchieburn
- Warfare in Scotland 2: from Flodden to Culloden
- Northern Britons
- Early Medieval Gaeldom (6th - 8th Centuries)
- Founding of Scotland, 12th and 13th centuries
- The Picts and the Formation of Alba.
You will be able to take part in different exchange programmes with leading universities in Europe and North America. There are regular exchanges with the Universities of Athens, Mainz and Stockholm. You may go abroad in your third year and return for your final year.
As a history graduate you will be able to enter many different careers, from teaching to the financial services. Although a history degree will not train you for one particular profession, the skills you will have developed are extremely popular with employers.
Our recent History graduates have been employed by Glasgow Museums, HarperCollins, KPMG, Morgan Stanley, and Shetland Islands Council, among many other organisations.
Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2014
Highers: AAAA or AAABB (including English and a humanities subject or a language (including Gaelic) at grades A/B or B/A) in first sitting = unconditional offer.
Applicants who achieved AAAB or AABBB (including English and a humanities subject or a language (including Gaelic) at grades A/B or B/A) at their first sitting WILL receive an offer from the University. This offer may be conditional (on second sitting results) or unconditional, depending on how many applications are received from students who have attained these grades.
Additional offers, either conditional or unconditional, MAY be made to applicants who achieved AABB or ABBB at their first sitting. A decision re these applications will be made in March 2014 once all applications have been reviewed.
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.
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.
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details. If you’re from outside the EU, please see International students for more information.
We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding over the last year.
For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see: