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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 Archaeology’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 UK’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.
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.
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.
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 studyNo Data
Average graduate salaryMEDIUM£19k
Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals
Graduates who are functional managers and directors
Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals
Employment prospects for graduates of this subject
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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