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PhD Economic and Social History

University of Glasgow

We are internationally recognised for research excellence in modern economic and social history, with exceptional strengths in business and financial history, the history of medicine, and social and gender history.


The Economic and Social History pathway represents the historical approach to the social sciences. As such, it encompasses a very wide array of intellectual approaches and brings the particular rigour and demands of historical enquiry to a range of social science methodologies.

Specific programmes included in this pathway are

  • MSc in Global Economy
  • MSc in History
  • MSc in History (with an emphasis on the History of Medicine
  • MSc in Social History (jointly run by the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde)

Core courses are specific to each of the MSc programmes, and include

  • training in historical methodology
  • quantitative methods
  • qualitative methods and/or social theory as appropriate

Upon completion of the MSc, students undertake PhD study, working closely with supervisors expert in the specific focus of their theses. Final assessment involves the submission of a thesis of between 70,000 and 100,000 words and an oral examination (viva voce).

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Listed below are the documents required to apply for this course.
3 years


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024

Mode of Study

  • Full Time