History MA (Hons)

  • For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: School of Humanities

At Dundee, you can study either History or Scottish Historical Studies, where you specialise in modules with a Scottish focus. Whichever course you choose, you'll benefit from interaction with experts who are at the forefront of their field.

Our emphasis is on 'doing history' and you will use a wide variety of primary sources (original documents) from archives and libraries right from the start.

Why study History at Dundee?

At Dundee we believe in research-led teaching. That is to say, historians create modules around their areas of interest or the historical problems on which they are working. We regularly update our curriculum to reflect cutting-edge research.

All our lecturers are internationally-recognised experts in their fields, and we are currently rated as the top history department in Scotland for the proportion of world-class and internationally excellent research (in the RAE2008 national rankings).

You will be joining a dynamic and friendly environment, and we offer a broad training which will benefit you in your later career.

History at Dundee is both rigorous and enjoyable. Students recently described our modules as 'inspirational', 'intellectually challenging', 'enjoyable and above all informative'. Our teaching staff are all highly committed to ensuring that you achieve your full potential as a historian.

Who studies History?

If you have a curiosity about the past, an enquiring and analytical mind, a desire to form your own independent judgements and enjoy a lively and academically rigorous debate, History is for you.

What's so good about History at Dundee?

Evidence-based study

From the very start of your studies, you will be analysing various kinds of historical evidence, including written and oral material, maps, and visual images. You will benefit from our close links with the University's Archives, Records Management and Museum Services, and you will be able to examine many original historical sources first-hand. You will also learn about historical debates and how to form your own judgements about complex problems.

Field Trips

Field trips are offered on several modules, and there have been recent excursions to Madrid, Prague, and North America, as well as more local places like Dundee's historic dockyards. Visits are organised alongside our active Student History Society.

The amazing thing about studying here is that you can take subjects that are not necessarily part of your degree. Also you can start with a new language or continue with one you already know.

Degree Combinations

  • History and Business Economics with Marketing MA
  • History and Economics MA
  • History and English MA
  • History and European Studies MA
  • History and Geography MA
  • History and International Relations MA
  • History and Philosophy MA
  • History and Politics MA
  • History and Psychology MA
  • History with French MA
  • History with German MA
  • History with Spanish MA
  • Scottish Historical Studies MA
  • Scottish Historical Studies with French MA
  • Scottish Historical Studies with German MA
  • Scottish Historical Studies with Spanish MA

Related Courses

This course is taught by the History team, based in the School of Humanities.

As you progress through the different stages of your studies, we will help you to master a variety of key skills, including palaeography, database analysis, and team work. We will also assist you in developing your skills in source analysis as you look closely at a wider range of sources used by historians, including correspondence, photographs, feature films, architecture, art and music. In your final year, you will have an opportunity to apply these skills by writing a dissertation on a topic of your own choosing.

You will encounter a range of different teaching methods, from lectures and tutorials, to seminars and workshops. All modules are extensively supported by MyDundee, our virtual learning environment, which provides up-to-date module information, discussion forums, access to online resources, and many other things.

"So many interesting subjects and too little time to do them all"
Comment from a recent History graduate

 

Honours Degree

An honours degree normally takes four years, full time, you study levels 1-4, as described below.

Advanced Entry Honours Degree

It is possible to study for most of our honours degrees in three years if you have the required grades and subjects as listed in the Entry Requirements section. You study levels 2-4 below. There are definite advantages to considering this route as the time needed to study is reduced by one year which enables you to start working and earning earlier.

Typical Degree Programme

Visit the MA overview page for general information on our MA degree programme.

Level 1

A total of 6 modules, two of which include:

  • Age of Revolution c.1750 to 1850: HY11004
    Semester 2, 20 credits
    What do we mean by the term 'revolution' and are there differing definitions of what is meant by revolution when applied to events taking place across Europe and North America during the period 1750 to 1850? This module aims to address such questions by examining the political and social impact of revolution in America and France, the causes and consequences of Industrial Revolution in Britain, the revolution in ideas during the Enlightenment, over the period 1750 and 1850, and debates and interpretations about this 'age of revolution'. This module will also promote an awareness of a range of different approaches and sources which are available for the study of the past through a broad comparative survey of different peoples and different states.

    Find out more about HY11004

  • The Rise of Atlantic Empires, 1500-1750: HY11005
    Semester 1, 20 credits
    This module will provide a comparative understanding of the development of European Empires in Africa and the Americas between 1500-1750. It will also examine the origins of modern "globalisation" and improve students' abilities to read original sources (in English translation) and use them towards constructive argument. You will have an understanding of the major forces that shaped the expansion of Europe from the 15th to the 18th centuries and an appreciation of the comparative development of British, French, Spanish and Dutch empires.

    Read more about HY11005

Plus 4 other MA modules.

Level 2

A total of 6 modules, including:

  • The Great War and History: Debates and Perspectives: HY21003
    Semester 1, 20 credits
    This module uses the First World War as a case study of different approaches to the study of History. Its main aims are (1) to provide a critical perspective on how different historical schools have approached the conflict from 1918 to the present, (2) to explore how and why national cultures understand the war differently from one another, (3) to examine global and transnational perspectives on the war, and (4) to reflect critically on key debates about the conflict in light of the above aims. Specific themes include: the development of Great War historiography since 1918; global and colonial contexts of the war; the economic, political, and cultural impacts; the frontline experience; the civilian experience; gender and medical histories of the conflict; bereavement and mourning; public histories, including official commemoration and popular media portrayals; local histories of the Great War; legacies.

    Find out more about HY21003

  • Europe in Transition, 1870-1922: HY22004
    Semester 2, 20 credits
    How did Europe become 'modern'? Globalisation started already in the 19th century with the transition from slow moving agricultural societies to modern, fast-moving, inter-connected, industrial societies with mass-politics and mass-culture, extending from Europe across the globe. This module provides you with a survey of the major aspects of political, economic, social and cultural developments in Europe from 1870 to 1922. This was an age of rapid transition from pre-democratic, agricultural village society to urban mass-society, globalising economic structures, rising prosperity and political democratisation.

    Find out more about HY22004

Plus 4 other MA modules.

Level 3

Single Honours History / Scottish Historical Studies students must take Making History: Issues in the Study of the Past - HY31029 plus three other History modules from:

Level 4

Students typically study a Special Subject Module, plus two other History modules (one may be the Independent Study Project), from the following:

Special Subjects

Scottish Historical Studies

You will normally follow the standard history route at Levels 1 and 2, and then at Levels 3 and 4 you will choose from a range of specifically Scottish modules, as well as others with a significant Scottish content. You will thus gain an essential grounding in history skills and knowledge, followed by specialisation in Scottish history.

We measure your progress and achievement in several ways, including essays, oral presentations, module journals and projects. Our modules range from 100% continuous assessment to 50% continuous assessment and 50% examination performance.

A history degree is an extremely valuable qualification. It provides a solid foundation in analytical skills which are highly sought after by employers.

The history programme at Dundee is designed to produce confident, intellectually-engaged graduates who can think creatively and independently, ask incisive questions, articulate their ideas, and solve complex problems.

Our recent graduates have gone into the media, teaching, politics, business, finance, the diplomatic service, and many other dynamic high-earning careers.

The following are the minimum requirements, please note qualifications have to be obtained at the first sitting of examinations.

Please note that the entry requirements in our printed prospectus may be subject to change. The entry requirements listed below are up to date and should be referred to in case of any discrepancy.

Courses starting September 2015

Level 1 Entry

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
SQA Higher BBBB AABB
GCE A-Level BCC BBB
ILC Higher AABB
IB Diploma 30 points (including 5, 5, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects None, but see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects
EU & International Visit our Your Country webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HNC with B in the Graded Unit
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades to include English Literature/Language at SCQF Level 6 and Communication 4 plus Literature 1
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
Advanced Diploma Grade A with ASL-A Level Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE C
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A-Levels in Biology and Chemistry at AB. Mathematics at GCSE grade C
European Baccalaureate 75% overall with 7.5 in Biology and Chemistry

Courses starting September 2015

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher AB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
GCE A-Level ABB
IB Diploma 34 points (including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level)
Essential Subjects None, but see requirements for other Joint Honours subjects
EU & International Visit our Your Country webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access
EDEXCEL A relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD
Advanced Diploma
Welsh Baccalaureate
European Baccalaureate

There have been many changes to the arrangements for funding students entering higher education in recent years, yet a degree from the University of Dundee, with its high rate of employment success, remains a cost-effective option.

The fees you pay will, in most cases, depend on your current country of residence.

The fee shown is annual, and may be subject to an increase each year.

Fee categoryFees for students starting September 2015
Scottish students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
Rest of UK students £9,000 per year, for a maximum of 3 years, even if you are studying a four year degree. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants."
EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2014 entry). Fees for September 2015 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2015.
Overseas students (non-EU) £12,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants."

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loan Company.

The Dundee MA degrees follow the distinctive pattern of many Scottish universities by offering a broad-based education that requires you to study a number of different subjects in Levels 1 and 2 (Level 2 only for Advanced Entry Honours degrees). You do not have to finalise your choice of degree course until you are better able to appreciate both the nature of the subjects you are studying and the relationships between them. However, you must make an initial choice of course on the application form and we would expect you to provide some evidence of your enthusiasm for your chosen course and details of any relevant experience.

We use a range of learning methods at Dundee: you will be expected to respond to the information and advice provided by academic staff, especially in lectures; to prepare for and participate in tutorial discussion or to work in practical classes; to work individually or in groups on set assignments such as essays and projects; and to 'read round' the subject. Consequently, we are looking for evidence that you are capable of working systematically, of responding to the guidance of your teachers, and that you have both the ability and enthusiasm to successfully complete a degree programme.

It is helpful if, in addition to demonstrating in your personal statement a commitment to the study of history, you can also indicate an interest in the wider arts. If you have undertaken a research project, tell us about it. If you are interested in a specific area of history explain why, and say something about your reading on the subject.

If your interest is especially towards Scottish History, again let us know of anything you have read or done which relates to this. You may also mention your involvement in other cultural activities and interests in current affairs and politics. If you have participated in broadly relevant events or activities (eg theatre, journalism, debates, social or charity work) we will be interested to know about it.

Mature students may relate how any life experiences will enhance their approaches to the study of history.

What is important to us, in your application, is the evidence provided by the grades you have attained, or are predicted to attain, in your examinations, along with whatever you and your referee can point to indicating both your special interest in any of our subject areas, and your general liveliness of mind.

Your personal statement is an opportunity to say why you should be offered a place to study in Dundee. We are looking for applicants with an ability to express opinions clearly with reasoned support and evidence, who are open to critical guidance, and who have a commitment to high standards of achievement in all they do. These qualities can be demonstrated through academic attainment, paid or voluntary work, and extra-curricular activities of all kinds.

Referees should concisely indicate your analytical abilities, communication skills, capacity for academic work, and commitment to your studies. We will be interested to hear about examples of initiative, leadership, and any evidence of organisational skills. Indicators of a positive outlook and engagement with social and cultural activities will be welcome, as will an assessment of your potential to develop in the university environment.

We will consider applications to one or more MA courses at Dundee: each application will be considered on its merits. We are looking for applicants who either have achieved, or will achieve, the published requirements in terms of Highers, Advanced Highers, A-Levels or acceptable alternative qualifications.

Please apply via UCAS



Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
History MA (Hons)V140
History and Business Economics with Marketing MALNV0
History and Economics MALV11
History and English MAQV31
History and European Studies MARV81
History and Geography MALV71
History and International Relations MALV2C
History and Philosophy MAVV15
History and Politics MALV21
History and Psychology MACV81
History with French MAV1R1
History with German MAV1R2
History with Spanish MAV1R4
Scottish Historical Studies MAV212
Scottish Historical Studies with French MAV2R1
Scottish Historical Studies with German MAV2R2
Scottish Historical Studies with Spanish MAV2R4