Postgraduate taught 

Global History MSc

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.

  • 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.

Programme structure

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. 

Core courses

  • 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

Optional courses may include: 

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.

Career prospects

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

MSc

UK

  • Full-time fee: £9000
  • Part-time fee: £1000 per 20 credits

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £19350

Additional fees

  • 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

Funding opportunities

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.

Alumni 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 2021/22. 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

Entry requirements

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)

  • 7.0 with no sub-test under 6.5.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 95 with minimum R 23, L 23, S 22, W 24.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic)

  • 60 with minimum 60 in all subtests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Duolingo

  • 125 with 125 in 2 or more sub-scores including literacy and no sub-score below 115 for direct entry, 120 with no sub-score lower than 110 for in-sessional support, 115 for 5 week PSE, 110 for 10 week PSE, 105 for 14 week PSE, 100 for 18 week PSE.
  • Tests must have been taken within 1 year of start date.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

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.

Pre-sessional courses

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:

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

Documents

As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • 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)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

September 2021

  • International & EU applicants: 25 July 2021
  • UK applicants: 29 August 2021
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