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Economic and Social History PhD

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Full time | University of Glasgow | 3 years | SEP

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Full time


3 years

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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Economics Social History

Course type


Course Summary

We are internationally recognised for research excellence in modern economic and social history, with exceptional strengths in business and financial history, the history of medicine, and social and gender history.


The Economic and Social History pathway represents the historical approach to the social sciences. As such, it encompasses a very wide array of intellectual approaches and brings the particular rigour and demands of historical enquiry to a range of social science methodologies.

Specific programmes included in this pathway are

  • MSc in Global Economy
  • MSc in History
  • MSc in History (with an emphasis on the History of Medicine
  • MSc in Social History (jointly run by the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde)

Core courses are specific to each of the MSc programmes, and include

  • training in historical methodology
  • quantitative methods
  • qualitative methods and/or social theory as appropriate

Upon completion of the MSc, students undertake PhD study, working closely with supervisors expert in the specific focus of their theses. Final assessment involves the submission of a thesis of between 70,000 and 100,000 words and an oral examination (viva voce).

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Entry requirements

Our research degree applicants will usually possess a good Master’s degree (or overseas equivalent), with a significant component in economic and social history.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The university has over 7,000 postgraduate students from 140 countries around the world, taking up taught and research degrees. Study options vary from Financial Economics...more