In this Masters in Global History you will study connections between different parts of the world and draw comparisons across time, space and cultures. It is designed to strengthen your skills as an independent researcher and prepare you for a professional career in an increasingly globalised environment. A major quality of this programme stems from its collaboration with local archives, museums and libraries, allowing you to combine historical theory and practice with hands-on learning.
- Academic contact: Dr Jelmer Vos:
- Teaching start: Monday, 20 September 2021
- MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part‑time
Why this programme
- This programme offers a unique social history approach to the study of global history, with a strong focus on people and societies in the Global South.
- You can draw on the expertise of world leading academics in a wide range of themes, including empire, migration, slavery, conflict and global inequalities.
- You will have the option to undertake interdisciplinary study, complementing historical research with, for example, the study of languages, religions or literature.
- Glasgow provides a unique setting to develop your research skills in global history, as the city is home to many internationally important historical collections.
This programme is comprised of three compulsory courses and three optional courses, one of which you may take outside History. The compulsory courses include one focused on historiography and another on practice; the third is the general course for all postgraduate students in History on research skills and resources. The programme convenor will work with you to construct a sensible portfolio of courses, according to your own aims and objectives.
Core teaching is delivered in two semesters, followed by an independent dissertation project. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to identify an area of interest and create a research project that allows in-depth study of a specific topic or region.
- EXPLORING GLOBAL HISTORY This course is an introduction to key themes in Global History, giving students a solid grounding in the historiography of a growing discipline. In a series of weekly seminars, students will discuss critical pieces of scholarship which have defined the study of global history in the twenty-first century, paying special attention to the themes of global inequalities, empires, migration, slavery, and the environment.
- GLOBAL HISTORY THROUGH LOCAL ARCHIVES This course is an introduction to research methods in Global History. In the course, students will meet in seminars to discuss concepts, methods and approaches underpinning the study of global history. In addition, they will participate in a series of ‘hackathons’ held in archives, museums and libraries in Glasgow to explore the potential of local sources for doing global history.
Optional courses may include:
- COMMODITY HISTORIES IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH, 1500-2000
- MILITARY SCOTLAND IN THE AGE OF PROTO-GLOBALIZATION, C.1600-C.1800
- PEACE-MAKING AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AFTER THE FIRST-WORLD WAR
- THE GLOBAL COLD WAR, 1947-2008
- THE GLOBAL HISTORY OF INEQUALITIES
- THE MEDIEVALISTS: THE MIDDLE AGES IN 20TH CENTURY EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE
- THE VIETNAM WAR IN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE
- THE WORLD OF THE CRUSADES: CRITICAL APPROACHES TO MEDIEAL SOURCES
- VIOLENCE AND THE COLONIAL ENCOUNTER
With permission from the programme convenor, it may also be possible to choose an option from related subjects within the College of Arts.
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
The analytical and research skills you will have gained by the end of this programme set you up for many different positions in the private and public sector, including careers in business, government, cultural heritage, media and education.
You will also be well qualified to proceed to study for a PhD in history or a related field.
Fees & funding
Tuition fees for 2021-22
- Full-time fee: £9000
- Part-time fee: £1000 per 20 credits
International & EU
- Full-time fee: £19350
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
- Registration/exam only fee: £170
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
University of Glasgow Chancellors Award (Nigeria)
The University of Glasgow has 10 Chancellors Award Scholarships available to Nigerian students starting a postgraduate taught Masters programme in any discipline in academic session 2021-22. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount.
In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2020/21. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. This discount can be awarded alongside other University scholarships.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.
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 6.5
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 23
- Speaking: 23
- Writing: 24
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 176
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 64 overall; no sub-test less than 62
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited courses
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit 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.
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- One reference letter on headed paper
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- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
- A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
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