• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • School: Humanities
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time+Part Time

At Dundee we teach social, economic, cultural and political history of the early and late modern periods, covering Scottish, British, Irish, American, European, African, Indian and global history in general.

If you wish to specialise, you can select Scottish Historical Studies, or cover a wider range of topics on our History degree. Whichever course you choose, you'll benefit from interaction with experts who are at the forefront of their field.

Why study this course at Dundee?

Our emphasis is on 'doing history'. Our students use primary sources (original documents) from archives and libraries right from the start.

At Dundee we believe in research-led teaching. That is to say, our lecturers,are internationally-recognised experts in their fields who 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.

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

History at Dundee is both rigorous and enjoyable. 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 is so good about this course?

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 following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

You have to obtain your qualifications at the first sitting of examination.

Courses starting 2016

Level 1 Entry

Qualification Minimum Grade Typical Grade
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 EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HNC with grade 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 B with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB
European Baccalaureate 70% overall

Advanced Entry (to Level 2)

Qualification Grade
SQA Advanced Higher AB (Advanced Higher) + BB (Higher) in different subjects
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 EU and International webpages for entry requirements tailored to your home country
Other Qualifications
SQA A relevant HND with grade 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 Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 75% overall

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

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

As you progress through the different stages of your studies, we will help you to master a variety of key skills, including palaeography (reading old handwriting), 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.

How you will be taught

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

How you will be assessed

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.

What you will study

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 typically include:

  • Age of Revolution c.1750 to 1850
    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.

  • The Rise of Atlantic Empires, 1500-1750
    This module will provide a comparative understanding of the development of European Empires in Africa and the Americas between 1500-1750. It also examines the origins of modern "globalisation" and improve students' abilities to read original sources (in English translation) and use them towards constructive argument. You will develop 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.

Plus 4 other MA modules.

Level 2

A total of 6 modules, typically including:

  • The Great War and History: Debates and Perspectives
    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.

  • Scotland and the Wider World
    This module covers the period 1603-1939, the history of Scotland, contextualised through the nation's interaction with the wider world, will be explored through five themes - Migration and Population Change, War, Trade and Empire, Religion, Economy and Industry, Life, Society and Identity.

Plus 4 other MA modules.

Level 3

Single Honours History / Scottish Historical Studies students must take the core module, currently: Making History: Issues in the Study of the Past - HY31029 plus three other History modules from the list available at the time, for example:

Level 4

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

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.

A history degree is an extremely valuable qualification. It provides a solid foundation in analytical and communication skills, both 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 fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2016
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2015 entry). Fees for September 2016 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2016.
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.
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 Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

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 (e.g. 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.

  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Apply NowHistory MA (Hons)V140
Apply NowHistory and International Relations MALV2C
Apply NowHistory and Philosophy MAVV15
Apply NowHistory and Politics MALV21
Apply NowHistory and Psychology MACV81
Apply NowHistory with French MAV1R1
Apply NowHistory with German MAV1R2
Apply NowHistory with Spanish MAV1R4
Apply NowScottish Historical Studies MAV212
Apply NowScottish Historical Studies with French MAV2R1
Apply NowScottish Historical Studies with German MAV2R2
Apply NowScottish Historical Studies with Spanish MAV2R4