History MA/MA(SocSci)

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The study of history is the study of change and continuity in human society through time. In this wide-ranging programme you will learn different approaches to studying the past as a way of understanding the present in its political, economic, ideological, social and cultural sense.

We offer a wide choice of Honours courses with small group teaching and one-to-one essay tutorials. We host leading research centres in gender history, war studies and Scottish and Celtic studies.

  • September start
  • Session dates
  • History MA (Hons): V100 4 year degree

Programme structure

You will learn different approaches to studying the past as a way of understanding the present in its political, economic, ideological, social and cultural sense. 

Year 1

You will be introduced to the study of historical change in the medieval, early modern and modern eras through the lens of Scottish history, followed by a closer look at medieval Europe. Forces driving continuity and change in Scottish and European politics, society, economy and culture are assessed over time. These courses combine lectures with small seminar groups. 

Year 2

You will examine the early modern and modern era in Europe, followed by a thematic exploration of global history. You will engage with new historical skills and approaches, readying you for Honours study.

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

Years 3 and 4

At Honours level you will choose from a large variety of courses tackling topics in gender history, war studies, medieval history, US history, Scottish and Highland history and global history.

Sample courses include:

  • The Vietnam war in American history & culture
  • Traders, settlers and rebels: Africans in the Atlantic world, 1740–1938
  • France, 1789–1914: Nation, revolution & empire
  • The life & afterlife of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Women & gender relations in Europe, 1789–1918
  • The Mongols and the West, c1200–c1500
  • Renaissance Florence.

In fourth year you can take a year-long special subject seminar course exploring a topic through primary sources. 

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

Our History special subjects in year 4 will allow you to study a topic in depth using original sources. You will also write a dissertation based on your own research.

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 2021

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

Summary of entry requirements for History

SQA Higher Entry Requirements (by end of S6)

  • AAAAA Higher or AAAA Higher + B Advanced Higher (BBBB S5 minimum for consideration)
  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject.

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

  • Additional requirements: Higher English and a Higher Humanities subject. Successful completion of Top-Up or one of our Summer Schools.

* See Access Glasgow for eligibility.

A-level Standard Entry Requirements

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

IB Standard Entry Requirements

  • 36 (6,6,5 HL) – 32 (6,5,5 HL)
  • Additional requirements: HL English and HL Humanities subject.

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

English language requirements

Important information for entry in Autumn 2020 and January 2021

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:


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 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.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

As a History graduate you will be able to enter many different careers, from teaching to the financial services. Our recent History graduates have been employed by:

  • HarperCollins
  • Police Scotland
  • Oxfam
  • Glasgow Museums
  • Morgan Stanley.

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 (Hons)

History: V100 (4 years)
History/Ancient History: VV12 (4 years)
History/Archaeology: VV14 (4 years)
History/Business & Management: NVF1 (4 years)
History/Celtic Civilisation: QVM1 (4 years)
History/Celtic Studies: QV51 (4 years)
History/Central & East European Studies: RV7C (4 years)
History/Classics: QV81 (4 years)
History/Comparative Literature: QVF1 (4 years)
History/Economic & Social History: VVC3 (4 years)
History/Economics: LVC1 (4 years)
History/English Language & Linguistics: QV3D (4 years)
History/English Literature: QV3C (4 years)
History/Film & Television Studies: VW16 (4 years)
History/French: VR11 (5 years)
History/Gaelic: QV5C (4 years)
History/Geography: LV71 (4 years)
History/Greek: Q7V1 (4 years)
History/History of Art: VVD3 (4 years)
History/Italian: RV31 (5 years)
History/Latin: QV61 (4 years)
History/Mathematics: GV11 (4 years)
History/Music: VW13 (4 years)
History/Philosophy: VVC5 (4 years)
History/Politics: LVF1 (4 years)
History/Portuguese: 5E3J (5 years)
History/Psychology: CV81 (4 years)
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History/Russian: RV71 (5 years)
History/Scottish Literature: QV21 (4 years)
History/Sociology: LV61 (4 years)
History/Spanish: RV4C (5 years)
History/Theatre Studies: VW14 (4 years)
History/Theology & Religious Studies: VV16 (4 years)

MA(SocSci) (Hons)

History/Business & Management: NV21 (4 years)
History/Central & East European Studies: 2T2D (4 years)
History/Economic & Social History: VV13 (4 years)
History/Economics: LV11 (4 years)
History/Politics: LV21 (4 years)
History/Sociology: LV31 (4 years)

History can also be taken in combination with Law programmes:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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


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 2020 Entry

The bursary supports talented students who might not be able to take a 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 Session 2020/21, as being domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and paying annual tuition fees of £9,250 per annum.

RUK Excellence Scholarship 2020

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). 

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.

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). 

International students can also apply using The Common Application: however, if applying to more than one UK university, we recommend using UCAS.

Application deadlines

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or also 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

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.

How to apply for Advanced Entry

Apply for year 2 (Y2) on your UCAS application. If the specific subject is unavailable for Advanced Entry or your application for year 2 entry is unsuccessful, you will be automatically considered for year 1 entry. You do not have to submit a separate UCAS application.

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