• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Award: MA (Hons)
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time+Part Time

We teach social, economic, cultural and political history of the early and late modern periods, covering countries across the globe.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

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.

 

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

Photo of someone taking an Archive document off a shelf

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.

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.

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

Courses starting 2018 and 2019
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher BBBB (minimum) - AABB (typical) at Higher.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
AB at Advanced Higher, plus BB at Higher in different subjects.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
GCE A-Level BCC (minimum) - BBB (typical) at A-Level.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
ABB at A-Level.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
BTEC A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM A relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDD
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 30 points at Higher Level grades 5, 5, 5.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
A combination of IB Certificate plus other qualifications, such as A-Levels, Advanced Placement Tests or the International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP), will also be considered.
34 points at Higher Level grades 6, 6, 5.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC) H2H2H3H3 at Higher Level.
For Joint Honours degrees, please also check essential subject requirements for the Joint Honours subject.
Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Graduate Entry
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) A relevant HNC with grade B in the Graded Unit A relevant HND with grade BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Pass with CC at Advanced Higher Distinction with AB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access Relevant subjects with ABB grades Level 2 entry is not possible with this qualification
Advanced Diploma Grade B with ASL-A Level at B Grade A with ASL-A Level at B
Welsh Baccalaureate Pass with A Levels at BB Pass with A Levels at AA
European Baccalaureate 70% overall 75% overall
Other Qualifications
Notes

 EU and International qualifications



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

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

Read more about the Teaching Excellence Framework

What you will study

Level 1 entry

With Highers, A-levels, Irish Leaving certificate, IB Diploma, HNC, etc

Level 1

6 courses from 2-4 subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 6 courses, from up to 6 subject areas.

Advanced entry (to level 2)

With advanced Highers, A-levels, IB diploma, HND, etc

Level 2

6 courses from 2-4 subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 6 courses, from up to 6 subject areas.

Level 3

4 courses from 1 (single Honours) or 2 (joint Honours) subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 4 courses, from up to 4 subject areas.

Graduate

With MA Arts & Social Sciences (without Honours)

Level 4

4 courses from 1 (single Honours) or 2 (joint Honours) subject areas.

For MA (Hons) Liberal Arts, 4 courses, from up to 4 subject areas.

Graduate

With named MA [Honours] Degree

What you will study

Level 1

A total of 6 modules, two of which typically include: 

Semester 1 

Semester 2

Plus 4 other MA modules.

Level 2

A total of 6 modules, typically including:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Plus 3 other MA modules.

Level 3

Single Honours History / Scottish Historical Studies students must take the recommended module, currently: HY31029: Making History plus three other History modules from the list available at the time, for example:

Semester 1

Evening Module

Semester 2

Level 4

Students study four History modules (of which one will be the research dissertation), from the list available, for example:

Semester 1

Semester 2

Evening Module

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.

 

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. 

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How you will be taught

We will 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

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.

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.

I found the diversity of my course one of the best things about it. From first and second year when I had options to choose English, Politics and Geography modules alongside my chosen subject, to later in my degree, choosing between different aspects of history and getting to essentially set my own topics for essays was also a great aspect. Furthermore, the helpful and supportive faculty in the Humanities department not only assisted me in developing as a student, but really made my course more enjoyable too.

Philip Lyons
MA History and American Studies graduate

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

Fees for students starting 2018-19

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study
Rest of UK students £9,250 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) £16,450 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Fees for students starting 2019-20

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2019-20
Scottish and EU students Fees for September 2019 entry will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2019.
Rest of UK students Fees for September 2019 entry are subject to confirmation by the UK Government and will be published when confirmed.
Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study

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 not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.


Unistats data set (formerly the Key Information Set (KIS) Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)

  Degree UCAS Code Unistats Data
Apply NowHistory MA (Hons)V140
Apply NowHistory and European Languages MA (Hons)V4W2
Apply NowHistory and International Relations MA (Hons)LV2C
Apply NowHistory and Philosophy MA (Hons)VV15
Apply NowHistory and Politics MA (Hons)LV21
Apply NowHistory and Psychology MA (Hons)CV81
Apply NowHistory with French MA (Hons)V1R1
Apply NowHistory with German MA (Hons)V1R2
Apply NowHistory with Spanish MA (Hons)V1R4
Apply NowScottish Historical Studies MA (Hons)V212
Apply NowScottish Historical Studies with French MA (Hons)V2R1
Apply NowScottish Historical Studies with German MA (Hons)V2R2
Apply NowScottish Historical Studies with Spanish MA (Hons)V2R4