MA (Hons) 4 years full-time 2016 | 2015
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • History by area
Student score
76% LOW
% employed or in further study
97% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£19k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate

The minimum requirement is 34 with 5 5 5 required at Higher Level, Standard Level: English at 4 and Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 260-360 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

History enables us to understand how the world has developed and become what it is today. Studying events and issues from the past also affects the way we see the present and future. At Edinburgh you will study a wide range of different periods, from ancient Greece, to medieval Europe, to modern Scotland. Exploring these different eras will help you to reflect on long-term historical developments and draw cultural comparisons. Economic and social history looks at the way economies and societies change over time and examines the causes and consequences of these changes. You will study the origins of present-day institutions, our industrial relations system, the welfare state and the globalisation of the world economy. The School of History, Classics and Archaeologyâ??s Awards for Academic Excellence offer students the opportunity to apply for financial support towards the third year of study. The School of History, Classics and Archaeology is the UKâ??s third largest academic department of its kind. As well as having its own rich history, Edinburgh is home to some of the best facilities in the UK for studying and researching history, including the National Library of Scotland and the National Archives of Scotland.


Years 1 & 2: Scottish history 1 and 2; British and European history; 2 outside subjects; Scotland since 1660. Year 3: Cultural and intellectual history of Scotland; documents and palaeography; history of settlement in pre-industrial Scotland. Year 4: 2 special subjects from a wide range; evaluation of original source material; research methods.

University of Edinburgh

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Founded in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities. We are globally recognised for our research and innovation and we've provided our students with world-class teaching for more than 425 years. Edinburgh itself has something for everyone - pubs, clubs, theatres, museums, galleries and parks. And, of course, the world famous Edinburgh Festival.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement

Year 1


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Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

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Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 85%
Student score 76% LOW
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Received sufficient advice and support



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
17% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
55% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
488 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
81% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 97% HIGH
Average graduate salary £19k MED
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are other administrative occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
History is a very popular subject – in 2012, nearly 11,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many – probably most – jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, management and sales and marketing. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year – only law saw more graduates continue on to study. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, politics and museum studies were also popular postgraduate courses.
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