Scottish Historical Studies

Study social, cultural, and political history from the early modern period to the contemporary period, with a focus on Scotland and its place in the world

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Key Facts

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Degree

MA(Hons) Scottish Historical Studies

Degree Duration

4 years

Pathways Available

International Year Zero

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 year degree

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Degree Overview

Discover the history of the Highlands and Islands, learn about early Scottish politics, research original manuscripts from the 1600s, and critically analyse Scottish involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. You can also explore the relationship between Scottish and British nationalisms from 1707 to the present day.

Our emphasis is very much on ‘doing history’. You’ll use primary sources from the very beginning of your studies, and analyse various kinds of historical evidence, including written and oral materials, maps, visual images, feature films, art, and music.

Before specialising at Levels 3 and 4, you’ll study Scottish history alongside British, Irish, American, European, and global history from the early modern period through to the contemporary period.

Our modules cover broad topics, including Scottish literature, where you will consider how the use of sources and the media informs our reconstructions of the past.

You will reflect critically on key debates in history, looking at how they have developed over time, and how they have shaped our understanding of the world. You’ll also learn how historians ‘make’ history, and evaluate their roles in today’s public life, media, and the heritage industry.

You’ll benefit from our close links with the University’s Archives, Records Management, and Museum Services, and be able to examine many original documents first hand.

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Important
  • This course will be taught by the Dundee School of Humanities

Why Study this Degree

When you graduate, you will have the ability to think creatively and independently, ask incisive questions, articulate your ideas, and solve complex problems. These are all attributes highly sought after by employers.

Our graduates go on to work in areas including: the media heritage and archives teaching politics the civil service business finance the diplomatic service

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.