Guide

History module guide

Updated on 24 March 2021

Find out the rules and regulations for History, and Scottish Historical Studies MA degrees

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This guide explains the rules around which and how many modules you need to take to complete your degree. Once you are familiar with the rules you can choose your additional modules from the full list of MA modules.

MA degree module catalogue

Availability of some modules may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as staff changes or low uptake of a module by students (below the required minimum threshold of student participants).

All modules are reviewed regularly with respect to capacity and delivery. This review may lead to a change in the core and/or optional modules offered on a particular course. Module content is reviewed and may be adjusted as part of this process. In some cases adjustments to content may be significant. Modules may be rescinded permanently or withdrawn on a temporary basis at any time.

Any information regarding the modules offered and their content is therefore subject to change and provided as guidance only to assist you with your choice of course. Reading lists are also provided for information purposes only and do not constitute a final or definitive list.

Modules at Level 1

Rules for Level 1

  • You need to take modules that total 120 credits
  • You should normally take THREE 20 credit modules in each semester
  • You can make module changes within the first two weeks of each semester

There are no compulsory modules at Level 1, however the following modules are recommended

Single honours, joint honours, or named MA degree

Single honours plus one Language or joint honours plus one Language

As above, plus the relevant pair of modules for your Language (2 modules in total)

Modules at Level 2

Rules for Level 2

  • You need to take modules that total 120 credits
  • You should normally take THREE 20 credit modules in each semester
  • At least 80 credits (four modules) must be at Level 2
  • You can make module changes within the first two weeks of each semester

We recommend you take the full 120 credits at Level 2 but the degree regulations allow you to take up to two modules at Level 1 whilst in your second year.

  • By the end of the academic year you are expected to have achieved 240 credits in total, including 80 credits at Level 2.

There are no compulsory modules at Level 2, however the following modules are recommended

Single honours, joint honours, or named MA degree

Single honours plus one Language or joint honours plus one Language

As above, plus the relevant pair of modules for your Language (2 modules in total)

Modules at Levels 3 and 4

Modules are now worth 30 credits

Rules for Level 3

  • You need to take modules that total 120 credits
  • You should normally take TWO 30 credit modules in each semester
  • Language modules are year-long and worth 30 credits. If you should a language module you need to take THREE other 30 credit modules 
  • Availability of some non-compulsory module combinations may be subject to timetable restrictions
  • You can make module changes within the first two weeks of each semester

By the end of the academic year you are expected to have achieved 360 credits in total, including 120 credits at Level 3 and 80 credits at Level 2.

Rules for Level 4

Rules for Level 4 are the same as Level 3 plus:

  • History Level 4 Special Subject modules are year-long and worth 60 credits. If you take one of these modules you need to take TWO other 30 credit modules
  • You can take ONE Level 3 module in fourth year, however this is subject to availability

By the end of the academic year you are expected to have achieved 480 credits in total, including 240 credits at Levels 3 & 4 and 80 credits at Level 2.

  • Your honours degree classification will be based on all modules that comprise the 240 credits at Level 3 and Level 4.

Single honours or named MA

At level 4 you will complete a History research dissertation plus two other History modules (three are recommended and one can be from Level 3)

Joint Honours

At least three History modules at Levels 3 and 4, including at least one History module at Level 3 and one History module at Level 4.

At Level 4, all students must do a research dissertation in History or in their other discipline.

Single honours plus one Language or joint honours plus one Language

Three History modules at Level 3 and 4, including at least one History module at Level 3 and one History module at Level 4.

As above, plus the relevant pair of modules for your Language (2 modules in total)

Scottish Historical Studies

Single honours:

  • HY31029 Making History: Issues in the Study of the Past (recommended) and two Level 3 modules in History (three recommended)
  • At level 4 you will complete a History research dissertation plus two other Scottish History or approved History modules (three recommended and one can be from Level 3)

Named MA:

  • Three or four Level 3 modules in Scottish History or other approved History modules