Undergraduate Summer Research Project: History

In this six-week course you will pursue an independent research project in History guided by a supervisor. You will participate in group seminars in historical methods and individual meetings on your project. Your research will draw on the University of Glasgow’s outstanding research library, local archives and printed and online primary sources. You will produce a research paper and share your findings in oral presentations, including a mock conference.

The course provides an opportunity to undertake a historical research project to develop familiarity with historical methods and transferable skills in critical analysis, argument and oral presentation.

A range of topics is offered each year, featuring Scottish and British history from medieval to modern times. Past topics have included 'The Politics of Black Experiences in Britain', 'Crime, Punishment and the Body in Early Modern and Modern Britain',  'For Religion, King and Kingdoms? The Scottish Civil Wars, c.1638-1651' and 'The Viking Age in Britain and Ireland'.

Credits and costs

Credits: 24

Course tuition costs: £TBC
Course costs include:

  • Tuition
  • Transcript
  • Orientation and welcome event
  • Scottish cultural immersion programme
  • Trips around Scotland
  • Social events
  • Scottish ceilidh.

* Students from a partner university receive a 10% discount on tuition costs

Accommodation cost: £1020 (Accommodation costs are approximate and will be confirmed before courses open in January 2023)

The cost of accommodation is additional to your course fee and is shown as a separate charge on your student account. 

Entry requirements

  • GPA of 3.0 for American Students or a B grade average equivalent. 
  • You should be currently enrolled at an international higher education institution.
  • Applicants should have completed two years of study in university-level History with a major or minor in History. Applicants who have only attended university for one year will be considered if a strong performance in History can be demonstrated. 

If your first language is not English, you must meet our minimum proficiency level:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training) overall score of 6.0, with no sub test less than 5.5  (if English is not an applicant’s first language) and a GPA of not less than 3.0
  • We also accept equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications such as ibTOEFL, CAE, CPE and more

Assessment and timetable


  • Report on preparatory reading (800 words) = 10%
  • Oral presentation on research question in week 2 (8 min) = 10%
  • Oral presentation on research findings in week 6 mock conference (15 min) = 20%
  • Research paper due at end of week 6 (3500 words) = 60%.


6 weeks of full-time study including:

  • 2 hours per week in seminars and
  • 2 hours per week in project supervision meetings.



What will I learn?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

    • Assess scholarly literature and available primary sources to formulate a viable research question in History
    • Contextualise and critically analyse primary sources to produce a convincing historical argument
    • Express historical analysis and argument in written and oral forms