History and Economics

University of Edinburgh


Central Campus


Year 1
You will study three compulsory courses covering economics, British economic and environmental history and a course in historical skills that engages with broader questions about the nature of history as an academic discipline and the methods and skills required for historical research.

You will also choose from a wide range of option courses outside your primary subjects.

Year 2
You will study four compulsory courses: two in economics, a course on global economic history and a course on historiography that will build on the skills course you took in Year 1.

You will also choose from a wide range of option courses outside your primary subjects.

Year 3
You will study two compulsory courses in microeconomics and essentials of econometrics. You will take one further economics courses on either macroeconomics or applications of econometrics.

You will then have a choice of two courses from a range of specialist history courses, including a choice of economic history courses. You may choose to take a further history course, or instead a further economics course.

Year 4
You will take further specialist courses in economics and history and will engage in independent research to produce an honours dissertation in either history or economics. If you choose to do your dissertation in history, you will normally work on an economic history topic substantially of your own devising.

Entry Requirements

2023 entry requirements

Standard entry:
4 Highers at ABBB (minimum) but typically AAAB (first sitting) or 4/5 Highers at AABB/ABBBB (minimum) but typically AAAA (two sittings) including Maths plus English at National 5.

Widening access entry:
4 Highers at ABBB (by end of S6) including Maths plus English at National 5. Highers at BBB must be achieved in one sitting S4-S6.

Start Date





MA Hons

Study Method

Full time



Course Length

4 years


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


History, Classics and Archaeology

SCQF Level



Career Sectors

Administration and Management General


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