The MSc in Economic and Social History is a one-year taught programme run by the School of History.
The programme offers a distinctive combination of interdisciplinary study and specialisation. It provides the training required for advanced research in social and economic history; as well as specialised study in a chosen historical period (mediaeval to modern), and training in knowledge transfer, where students communicate aspects of their research to non-academic audiences.
The ultimate intention is to prepare students for work beyond the MSc, either doctoral research or employment in related areas.
- This interdisciplinary programme offers training in the research methods required for higher-level research in social and economic history.
- You will develop an understanding of, and critical engagement with, a variety of approaches to social and economic history, including quantitative and qualitative analyses.
- You will be exposed to the distinctive debates and controversies relating to the social and economic history of your chosen specialist period, and will enhance your ability to engage in such debates.
- The innovative 'History in Practice' modules offer essential training in the communication of your research to academic and non-academic audiences.
Students study eight modules over Semesters 1 and 2. The four ‘Social Science’ modules offer essential training in quantitative and qualitative methods, and in the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences.
Students also take History in Practice 1 and 2, a pair of modules specifically tailored for this MSc that provide key training in the communication of research to academic and non-academic audiences.
Students may also select two optional modules that cover their chosen historical period. St Andrews offers an exceptionally wide chronological range, spanning the mediaeval to modern periods.
In each module, students engage with independent and group study in a supportive framework of teaching and learning. The modules use methods of teaching and assessment that facilitate learning, including the following:
- one-to-one discussion
- project work
- small group discussion
The range of assessments blend diagnostic work to determine student needs, formative work submitted for assessment and feedback (but not necessarily for academic credit), and summative work submitted for academic credit. The forms of assessment include:
- oral presentations
- knowledge transfer exercise (for example, blogs, posters, and exhibition plans)
Over the summer, students complete a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of their choice, under the supervision of a member of staff.
Further particulars regarding curriculum development.