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Economic and Social History PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

British History Social History

Course type


Course Summary

Staff research interests are wide-ranging, including the study of economic development, energy policy, globalisation, slavery, demography, urban history, consumption, material culture, museums and collecting, leisure, religious belief, popular culture, medicine and disease, gender, sexuality and the family. The diversity of our research means we can support students- economic and social history study in a vast range of time periods and geographical regions, from the early modern period to the present day, and from Britain to Australasia. Particular areas of expertise available for research are: culture and society in early modern Britain; slavery in the Atlantic world: 1650-1834; the material culture of gender in 18th-century Britain; urban society and civil society in historical context; clothing cultures in comparative historical contexts; western European demography: 1850-1939; cinema and society in modern Britain; gender, crime and deviancy: Britain 1860-1960; energy policy in Britain since 1920; the economic history of China in the 20th century.

Different course options

Full time | The University of Edinburgh | 3 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The fee for 2018-19 is £4,260. There will be slight increases in 2019-20 entry.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a UK 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline and a relevant masters degree with an overall mark of at least 65%, or US GPA 3.4 or other international equivalent. Students with relevant professional experience will also be considered.

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