Undergraduate 

Economic & Social History MA(SocSci)/LLB/MA

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.

It is possible to do this degree together with a language, including a year abroad.

Programme structure

You will study economic and social trends from 1750 to the present day, in Britain and internationally, and with an emphasis on the development of a wide range of transferable skills.

Year 1

You will take two courses around the themes of: 

  • globalisation
  • the workplace
  • social order and conflict
  • gender and the family
  • immigration 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.

Year 2

You will study economic and social changes in the UK since 1750, in two courses, exploring such themes as industrialisation and its social dimensions and global trade and competition.

You will also study other subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexible degrees.

Years 3 and 4

If you progress to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will select courses on a variety of themes, in a range of national and international contexts, and mainly in the period from 1750 to the present.

In Junior Honours (year 3), core course students work in small groups on research projects, supervised by staff, and have the opportunity to explore their own specialist interests with the Senior Honours (year 4) dissertation.

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: Legal statements: Disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2019

About entry requirements

SQA Highers

The S5 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades which, if attained in addition to successfully meeting mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests), will normally result in an offer being made. Students must achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5).

The S5 Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades which an applicant must have obtained by the end of S5 (cumulative S4 and S5) in order for them to be considered for a conditional offer based on S6 results. Not all applicants who achieve the Minimum Academic Entry Requirements will be made an offer. This will depend on the number of applications we have received for a degree programme and the number of applicants who have met the Standard Academic Entry Requirements.

Where an applicant is made a conditional offer based on S6 results, the S6 Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the cumulative grades that must be attained by the end of S6, in addition to meeting any mandatory subject and non-academic requirements. All degree programmes allow applicants to “double count” Highers and Advanced Highers in the same subject when calculating cumulative grades. A Grade B in an Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade A at Higher Level and a Grade C at Advanced Higher will be regarded as another Grade B at Higher Level. All degree programmes require grades in a minimum of four different subjects.

Advanced Highers

Advanced Highers are a qualification of increased importance to the University, which recognises that applicants with these qualifications find the transition to university easier and perform better in their university exams. Many of our degrees specify Advanced Highers as part of the S6 Entry Requirements.

If a school is unable to offer specific Advanced Higher subjects applicants will be made bespoke offers which will normally require the applicant to attain additional relevant Highers in S6.

Adjusted Entry Requirements

We adjust the Standard Academic Entry Requirements for eligible applicants who complete one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes. Criteria for eligibility include attending a Scottish target secondary school, living in a priority Scottish postcode area, current or previous experience of living in care or estrangement from family support.

For more information about your eligibility and our pre-entry programmes see: Access Glasgow.

Admissions Policy

A-levels and International Baccalaureate

The Standard Academic Entry Requirements represent the grades at which any possible offer would be made. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

The Minimum Academic Entry Requirements represent the minimum grades that the University will accept for entry to the degree programme. Students must also meet mandatory subject requirements and any non-academic entry requirements (interviews, auditions, aptitude tests).

Admissions Policies

  • See our full A-level Admissions Policy
  • More information on our International Baccalaureate admissions requirements
  • Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.

    MA (SocSci) (Hons)

    A-levels

    • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
    • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
    • Other mandatory requirements: One A-level arts, humanities or language subject.

    Highers

    • Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AAAAB.
    • Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: AABB. 
    • Standard S6 academic entry requirements: AAAAAA.
    • Other mandatory requirements: Higher English OR a Higher Humanities subject at Grades A or B.

    We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete  one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow.

    • Adjusted S5 academic entry requirements: AABBB. 
    • Adjusted S6 academic entry requirements: AAABB-BBBBBB.
    • Adjusted mandatory requirements: Higher English OR a Higher Humanities subject at Grade B.

    Accepted humanities and languages Highers

    Higher applicants to Social Sciences MA (Soc Sci) degrees must attain, or have attained, EITHER English Higher OR another humanities/language/social science Higher subject to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages/social science Higher subjects are listed below.

    • Business Management
    • Cantonese
    • Classical studies
    • Drama
    • Economics
    • English
    • English for Speakers of Other Languages
    • French
    • Gaelic
    • Geography
    • German
    • History
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Media
    • Modern Studies
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Psychology
    • Religious Education
    • Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Urdu

    International Baccalaureate

    • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
    • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points.
    • Other mandatory requirements: HL6 English and a Humanities subject at HL6/SL6.

    European qualifications

    Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: European requirements: Arts, Science, Engineering, Accountancy, Social Sciences [pdf]

    Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

    MA (Hons)

    A-levels

    • Standard academic entry requirements: AAB.
    • Minimum academic entry requirements: BBB.
    • Other mandatory requirements: One A-level arts, humanities or language subject.

    Highers

    • Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AAAA/AAABB.
    • Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: ABBB.
    • Standard S6 academic entry requirements: AAAAAB.
    • Other mandatory requirements: Higher English at Grade A or B AND a Higher Humanities or Language subject at Grade A or B.

    We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete  one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow.

    • Adjusted S5 academic entry requirements: AABB/ABBBB.
    • Adjusted S6 academic entry requirements: AABB-BBBBB.
    • Adjusted mandatory requirements: Higher English at Grade B AND a Higher Humanities or Language subject at Grade B.

    Accepted humanities and languages Highers

    Higher applicants to Arts MA degrees must attain, or have attained, grades A/B or B/A at Higher in English Higher and another humanities/language/social science Higher subject at their first sitting to have their application considered. The accepted humanities/languages/social science Higher subjects are listed below:

    • Business Management
    • Cantonese
    • Classical studies
    • Drama
    • Economics
    • English
    • English for Speakers of Other Languages
    • French
    • Gaelic
    • Geography
    • German
    • History
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Media
    • Modern Studies
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Psychology
    • Religious Education
    • Religious Moral and Philosophical Studies
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Urdu

    International Baccalaureate

    • Standard academic entry requirements: 36 points.
    • Minimum academic entry requirements: 32 points.
    • Other mandatory requirements: Three HL subjects including English AND a Humanities or Language subject (SL6 will be considered for ONE).

    European qualifications

    Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: European requirements: Arts, Science, Engineering, Accountancy, Social Sciences [pdf]

    A-level and IB applicants can expect offers to be between the minimum and standard entry requirements depending on demand for places on the degree.

    Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

    LLB (Hons)

    A-levels

    • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
    • Minimum academic entry requirements: N/A.
    • Other mandatory requirements: A-level English OR GCSE English Literature & Language. LNAT (see below).

    Highers

    • Standard S5 academic entry requirements: AAAAA.
    • Minimum S5 academic entry requirements: AAABB.
    • Standard S6 academic entry requirements: AAAAAA including two Advanced Highers at Grades BB.
    • Other mandatory requirements: Higher English. Applicants with conditional offers based on S6 results are encouraged to study Advanced Highers in Arts or Social Science subjects. LNAT (see note below).

    We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants who complete  one of our widening participation pre-entry programmes: see Access Glasgow.

    • Adjusted S5 academic entry requirements: AAABB.
    • Adjusted S6 academic entry requirements: AAABB-BBBBBB.
    • Adjusted mandatory requirements: Higher English at Grade B. LNAT (see note below).

    International Baccalaureate

    • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
    • Minimum academic entry requirements: 34 points.
    • Other mandatory requirements: English at HL6. LNAT (see below).

    Law National Admissions Test (LNAT)

    Law National Admissions Test (LNAT): Applicants to all LLB degrees ( apart from those applying for the fast track M115) are required to take the LNAT All applicants to LLB degrees are required to take the Law National Admissions Test by 20 January 2019. The LNAT is run by a consortium of UK universities and comprises an on-screen test (80 minutes) and essay questions (40 minutes). It is designed to assess verbal reasoning skills and command of written English.  Offers will be made based on academic requirements having been met, or where there is the potential for them to be met, AND the LNAT score. Information on how to sit the test can be found at: www.lnat.ac.uk.

    Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

    Note

    Previous knowledge of economics or history is not necessary.

    Glasgow International College

    International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation certificates.

    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*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
    • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
    • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
    • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
    • IGCSE: English as a First Language (0500/0522): C in Reading and Writing, plus 1 in Listening, 2 in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
    • IGCSE: English as a Second Language (0510/0511): A in Reading and Writing, plus A in Listening, 2/B in Speaking, where applicable. All four components (listening, writing, speaking, reading) must be examined and detailed on results slip
    • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

    * Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

    For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years 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:

    FAQs

    What do I do if...

    my language qualifications are below the requirements?

    The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures 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:


    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 see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.


    Career prospects

    Our graduates 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.

    Degrees and UCAS codes

    When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

    MA(SocSci) (Hons)

    • KIS
      Economic & Social History: V300
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History with Quantitative Methods: VG33
    • KIS
      Archaeology/Economic & Social History: VV43
    • KIS
      Business Economics/Economic & Social History: LV13
    • KIS
      Central & East European Studies/Economic & Social History: RV83
    • KIS
      Computing Science/Economic & Social History: VG34
    • Economic & Social History/Business & Management: NV23
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Economics: LVC3
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Geography: LV73
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/History: VV13
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Mathematics: VG31
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Philosophy: VV35
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Politics: LV23
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Psychology [*]: CV83
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Scottish History: VV32
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Social & Public Policy: LV43
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Sociology: LV33

    LLB (Hons)

    • KIS
      Common Law/Economic & Social History: ML13
    • KIS
      Scots Law/Economic & Social History: MV13

    MA (Hons)

    • KIS
      Archaeology/Economic & Social History: VV34
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Celtic Studies: VQ35
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/English Literature: QV3H
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/French: RV13
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/German: RV23
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/History: VVC3
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Music: VW33
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Philosophy: VVJ5
    • KIS
      Economic & Social History/Scottish History: VVG3
    • KIS
      Portuguese/Economic & Social History: 9W7L

    [*] Applicants to subject-combinations with Psychology must meet the Psychology degree programme entry requirements.

    Fees and funding

    Tuition fees

    How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.

    Scholarships

    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 in recent years.

    RUK Access Bursary 2018 Entry

    The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a place at University for reasons of financial hardship and  available to new entrant full-time undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for Session 2018-19 as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

    more information

    RUK Excellence Scholarship 2018

    The RUK Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained AAA or better in one sitting at A Level (or equivalent). 

    more information

    Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

    The University of Glasgow has a total of 35 undergraduate scholarships of final year fee waivers available to new international students. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.

    more information

    The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

    How to apply

    If you’re seeking full-time study you must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    UCAS deadlines

    The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

    The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

    • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
    • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
    • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

    Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
    Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

    UCAS tariff points

    The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

    How soon will I receive a decision?

    We will usually respond before the end of March.

    If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

    If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

    Will I be interviewed?

    An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

    Is deferred entry available?

    For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

    University Transfers

    Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

    1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
    2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

    Widening participation

    We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

    Apply at www.ucas.com or through your school or college.
    Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

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