Undergraduate 

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

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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.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • Economic & Social History MA(SocSci) (Hons): V300 4 year degree
  • Economic & Social History with Quantitative Methods MA(SocSci) (Hons): VG33 4 year degree

Economic & Social History at Glasgow

River Clyde at sunset

Economic and Social History at Glasgow offers an accessible and stimulating approach to understanding economic and social change. 

We are concerned with explaining how people in the past have lived and worked, and how this past experience has shaped the development of the 21st century world. We represent the historical branch of the social sciences, using the methods and expertise of a wide range of disciplines, including history, economics and sociology.

Themes we explore with our students include:

  • How economies grow and change over time;
  • How people influence economic change and are affected by it;
  • How social structures, including class and gender identities and relations, change over time.

In our Level 1 and Level 2 courses we examine these themes in a variety of national and international contexts, mainly in the period from 1750 to the present. Topics covered include:

  • Globalisation and Migration
  • Industrialisation and economic growth
  • Welfare State and Public Health
  • Economic and Social Dimensions of First and Second World Wars
  • Gender Politics and Women’s Rights
  • Social Class and Inequalities
  • Employers and Trade Unions
  • Deindustrialisation and its social consequences.

In Honours (years 3 and 4) students choose from a variety of courses that are linked to the research expertise of staff, with particular strengths in the areas of gender history, medical history, business history, and labour history. In the 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. There is an emphasis on critical thinking and the development of a variety of personal and intellectual skills.

“The course is diverse and opens up new avenues of research. Loved it all.”

ESH student testimonial, NSS

“My course has given me a much better way of approaching problems, not just related to my course, but problems which I meet with from day-to-day. I feel that I have been able to hone valuable skills in writing and reading, which have greatly increased the efficiency with which I work, and also the accuracy and relevance.”

ESH student testimonial, NSS

Our approach of small group teaching: at all levels and especially in the Honours programme; helps to create a strong sense of community, and we work hard to ensure that our students feel valued and supported:

“In ESH the staff are always available and willing to help the students. The courses offered provide a good variety from which to choose. During my dissertation, my supervisor was extremely helpful and supportive throughout. This sort of dedication is seen throughout ESH.”

ESH student testimonial, NSS

“With ESH there is a friendly and familiar atmosphere... I feel like if I had ever had any major problems there were people I could have contacted who would have helped me.”

ESH student testimonial, NSS

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 the themes of:

  • industrialisation and its social dimensions
  • global trade and competition
  • work, living standards and consumerism
  • gender, sexuality and the family
  • labour organisation and protest
  • welfare and social policy
  • changes in economic and industrial structures
  • wars and economic and social change.

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.

These courses are taught by staff with rich expertise extending to modern Scotland, Germany, Japan, Latin America, the Middle East and the USA, with particular strengths in the areas of gender history, medical history, business history, and labour history.

In year 3, you will work in small groups on research projects, supervised by staff, and have the opportunity to explore your own specialist interests with the year 4 dissertation. There is an emphasis on critical thinking and the development of a variety of personal and intellectual skills.

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.

Special Glasgow feature

Glasgow Q-Step Degrees

The University of Glasgow's Q-Step Centre offers programmes which develop your quantitative skills, or in other words, your ability to handle data and use numerical evidence.

Developing quantitative skills and your confidence in using them, will really enhance your insight and understanding of the key issues you encounter in your chosen field of study.

The University of Glasgow Q-Step Centre offers five degree programmes that integrate quantitative skills training within the School of Social and Political Sciences. All of these programmes aim to engage you with meaningful ways of understanding the social world.

We will teach you how to understand and analyse quantitative results, as well as how to present your own, and how to discuss their substantive implications. These are essential skills for understanding quantitative evidence presented in academic literature, but also for interrogating data in public media and government reports.

Around one quarter of your study time will be devoted to quantitative methods. And our degrees also offer you the possibility to gain valuable experience by participating in internships with selected high-profile employers.

MA (SocSci) Economic & Social History with Quantitative Methods

Economic and Social History is the study of the way societies change in their economic activities and social organisation. You will study how people in the past lived and worked, and how this has affected the development of today’s world.

Our international links

You will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities as part of your degree. This won’t add any extra time to your studies. See Study abroad.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2024

You should refer to the entry requirements for both subjects when applying for a joint honours degree programme. The mandatory requirements for both subjects must be met.

Applicants to joint honours Law must meet the Law entry requirements.

Applicants to joint honours Psychology must meet the Psychology entry requirements.

Summary of entry requirements for Economic & Social History

SQA Higher Entry Requirements

  • AAABB is the minimum requirement from S5 to be reviewed for an S6 offer
  • Offers are not guaranteed to applicants who meet the minimum from S5
  • Typically offers will be made at AAAAAA by end of S6. B at Advanced Higher is equivalent to A at Higher
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject at AA. (AB may be considered)
  • Higher Mathematics is recommended.

SQA Higher Adjusted Entry Requirements* (by end of S5 or S6)

  • MD20: ABBBB (also other target groups*)
  • MD40: AAABB (ABB S5 minimum for consideration)*
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject. Higher Mathematics recommended. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

Widening Participation Articulation Programmes

The University has bespoke HNC Articulation Programmes running at various colleges, offering direct entry to Year 2 of this degree.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

  • AAB – BBB
  • Additional requirements: A-level English or Humanities subject.

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 38 (6,6,6 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English or Humanities subject.

Note: Previous knowledge of economics or history is not necessary.

Admissions guidance

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

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency 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)

  • 6.5 with no sub-test under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

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

TOEFL (ib, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 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 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

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.

Cambridge English Qualifications

  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall, no subtest less than 169

School Qualifications

  • iGCSE English or ESOL 0522/0500, grade C
  • International Baccalaureate English A SL5 or HL5
  • International Baccalaureate English B SL6 or HL5
  • SQA National 5 English or ESOL, grade B
  • SQA Higher English or ESOL, grade C
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, English Language grade 4
  • West African Examination Council, Senior Secondary School Certificate, English grade C6

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:

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.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact External Relations

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.

Further information about English language: School of Modern Languages & Cultures: English for Academic Study


Career prospects

Our graduates are trained to express themselves logically and to speak confidently. They have learned how to handle and analyse information, to make independent judgements, and organise their time effectively. They 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)

Economic & Social History: V300 (4 years)
Economic & Social History with Quantitative Methods: VG33 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Archaeology: VV43 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Business & Management: NV23 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Business Economics: LV13 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Central & East European Studies: RV83 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Computing Science: VG34 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Economics: LVC3 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Geography: LV73 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/History: VV13 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/International Relations: L253 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Mathematics: VG31 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Philosophy: VV35 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Politics: LV23 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Psychology: CV83 (4 years)
Apply to CV83
Applicants must meet the Psychology requirements
Economic & Social History/Scottish History: VV32 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Social & Public Policy: LV43 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Sociology: LV33 (4 years)

LLB (Hons)

Economic & Social History/Common Law: ML13 (4 years)
Apply to ML13
Applicants must meet the Law requirements

MA (Hons)

Economic & Social History/Archaeology: VV34 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Celtic Studies: VQ35 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/English Literature: QV3H (4 years)
Economic & Social History/French: RV13 (5 years)
Economic & Social History/German: RV23 (5 years)
Economic & Social History/History: VVC3 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Music: VW33 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Philosophy: VVJ5 (4 years)
Economic & Social History/Portuguese: 9W7L (5 years)
Economic & Social History/Scottish History: VVG3 (4 years)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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

Scholarships

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.

College of Social Sciences Deans' Award

The College of Social Sciences is offering two scholarships worth £10,000 each towards tuition fees for academically excellent students wishing to study an Undergraduate programme within the College’s programme portfolio for 2023 entry. 

The scholarships will be awarded to applicants from Malaysia, India, Italy, Pakistan and South Africa.  

EU Welcome Award

The University of Glasgow continues to be committed to ensuring a strong relationship with our existing and future EU students, and supporting EU talent to make their home at the University of Glasgow. 

We appreciate the challenging financial implications that have arisen for our European applicants, and are therefore delighted to offer the EU Welcome Award to new incoming EU students starting an undergraduate programme for Academic Session 2023-24. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £5,000 for every year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study. This discount cannot be combined with another University scholarship.

Applicants that completed a Study Abroad year, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow and therefore eligible for the Alumni discount could be granted the EU Welcome Award as well.

Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has a number of Undergraduate Excellence Scholarships available to new International and EU students for 2023 entry. The scholarship is awarded as a tuition fee discount of £7,000 per year of study and is subject to satisfactory progress for consecutive years of study.  

RUK Excellence Scholarship

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

RUK Access Bursary

The bursary supports talented students who may not be able to take their place at University for reasons of financial hardship. It is available to new entrant full-time, undergraduate students of the University of Glasgow who are fully registered for the up coming academic session, ordinarily domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

James McCune Smith Undergraduate Scholarship

The University of Glasgow has up to 30 undergraduate scholarships available for students of African/African-Caribbean backgrounds. The scholarship supports students who could face financial difficulties taking up their place to study at the university. The value of the scholarship is £2,000, paid in instalments for year one of undergraduate study. The scholarship is open to new applicants to the university for 2023 entry. Current students who have previously been in receipt of the award may reapply, however, preference will be given to applicants entering their first year of study.

Beaconhouse Schools

The University of Glasgow offer a 15% discount on the first year of tuition fee to students from Beaconhouse Schools and who enrol on an undergraduate programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount does not apply to Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Dentistry programmes.

Undergraduate Talent Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is awarding c.50 undergraduate Talent Scholarships to support students who could face financial difficulties in taking up their place to study at the University for 2023 entry. The value of each scholarship is typically £1,500 p.a. for each year of the degree programme, subject to satisfactory progress. Talent Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University's Colleges.

Dental School students are eligible for a Talent Scholarship in their first year of study only. They are eligible for the NHS Dental Student Support Grant in the following years.

Republic of Ireland (RoI) Access Bursary

Glasgow has a long and proud tradition of providing financial support to talented students who, for reasons of financial hardship, might not be able to take a place at university. Our RoI Access Bursary is part of our commitment to continue to attract and support students from a diverse range of backgrounds. For 2023 entry, the RoI bursary will be up to £2,000 for your first year of study and £1,000 for continuing years.

Payments of the RoI Access Bursary will be detailed in your Award Letter.

  • The RoI Access Bursary will be awarded as a cash payment.
  • The RoI Access Bursary will be paid in 10 instalments from October until July; this award is based on household income
  • The RoI Access Bursary will only be awarded in years where tuition fees of £9,250 apply 

Please see here for up to date information and criteria for 2024 entry. 

Republic of Ireland (RoI) Excellence Scholarship

The RoI Excellence Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study will be awarded to first degree entrants who have attained at Irish Higher grades H1, H1, H1, H2, H2 from the Irish Leaving Certificate for 2023 entry. Dentistry, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine applicants are not eligible for this award.

Payments

  • The RoI Excellence Scholarship will be processed as a cash payment.
  • The RoI Excellence Scholarship will be paid in 2 instalments.
  • The first payment will be in October and the second payment will be in February.

These payments will be credited to the UK bank account held on your MyCampus profile; therefore, it is vital that this is up to date at the start of the session. By submitting your bank details on the MyCampus system, you are confirming that you agree with the terms and conditions of the award.

Please see here for further information and eligibility criteria for 2024 entry.

University of Glasgow Scholarships for Turkey and Syria

Following the devastating earthquake which struck Turkey and Syria, the University of Glasgow is offering 6 exclusive full tuition fee waivers to students from this region, who are facing challenges in progressing on to Higher Education. The scholarship is available to students entering any of the University’s Colleges to undertake an Undergraduate or Postgraduate Taught (one-year Masters) programme in 2023-2024.

Sanctuary Scholarships

The University of Glasgow is offering up to 20 Sanctuary Scholarships for applicants to the University, who have been forced to travel to the UK for humanitarian reasons and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate taught students at the University of Glasgow applying for entry in September 2023/24. Please note that you must have applied to the University before submitting an application for this scholarship.

The scholarship will meet the cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme, for applicants who are unable to access mainstream funding through Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) or Student Finance. The Sanctuary Scholarship also provides a £5,000 per year stipend, to assist with study costs. In addition, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met, this will also be provided for the duration of your degree, if required. For more information on the accommodation criteria, please see the Accommodation Services section on the website.

Undergraduate students with refugee status (or equivalent) and access to funding, are eligible to apply for the scholarship and would receive the £5,000 stipend towards study costs only, if successful.

Postgraduate Taught Masters students with refugee status (or equivalent) and access to funding, are eligible to apply for the scholarship and would receive the £5,000 stipend towards study costs and a partial tuition fee waiver, to cover any shortfall not met by your Postgraduate Masters tuition fee loan.

The Clan Gregor Society Prize

The Clan Gregor Society is offering an award to new entrants to the University of Glasgow who descend from Clan Gregor. Prospective students will be asked to submit an application highlighting areas of consideration such as academic excellence and financial need. The award is open to both Undergraduate and Postgraduate applicants for 2023 entry.

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

How to apply

Full-time students must apply through the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). 

SQA applicants who are eligible for our Widening Participation programmes are encouraged to participate in one or more of these programmes, including Summer School, to support your application and the transition to higher education.

International students to Arts, Engineering, Law, Nursing, Science, and Social Sciences can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS. Applications to Dentistry, Education, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine must be made through UCAS.

Application deadlines

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

We do not usually accept any applications after these deadlines.

It's your responsibility to ensure the accuracy of your application before submission. Requests to correct application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

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