University of Glasgow

Global History [MSc]

  • 12 months

Program Description

In this Masters in Global History you will study connections between different parts of the world and draw comparisons across time, space and cultures. It is designed to strengthen your skills as an independent researcher and prepare you for a professional career in an increasingly globalised environment. A major quality of this programme stems from its collaboration with local archives, museums and libraries, allowing you to combine historical theory and practice with hands-on learning.

  • This programme offers a unique social history approach to the study of global history, with a strong focus on people and societies in the Global South.
  • You can draw on the expertise of world leading academics in a wide range of themes, including empire, migration, slavery, conflict and global inequalities.
  • You will have the option to undertake interdisciplinary study, complementing historical research with, for example, the study of languages, religions or literature.
  • Glasgow provides a unique setting to develop your research skills in global history, as the city is home to many internationally important historical collections.
  • PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

    This programme is comprised of three compulsory courses and three optional courses, one of which you may take outside History. The compulsory courses include one focused on historiography and another on practice; the third is the general course for all postgraduate students in History on research skills and resources. The programme convenor will work with you to construct a sensible portfolio of courses, according to your own aims and objectives. 

    Core teaching is delivered in two semesters, followed by an independent dissertation project. The dissertation gives you an opportunity to identify an area of interest and create a research project that allows in-depth study of a specific topic or region. 

    Core courses

  • EXPLORING GLOBAL HISTORY This course is an introduction to key themes in Global History, giving students a solid grounding in the historiography of a growing discipline. In a series of weekly seminars, students will discuss critical pieces of scholarship which have defined the study of global history in the twenty-first century, paying special attention to the themes of global inequalities, empires, migration, slavery, and the environment.
  • GLOBAL HISTORY THROUGH LOCAL ARCHIVES This course is an introduction to research methods in Global History. In the course, students will meet in seminars to discuss concepts, methods and approaches underpinning the study of global history. In addition, they will participate in a series of ‘hackathons’ held in archives, museums and libraries in Glasgow to explore the potential of local sources for doing global history.
  • DOING HISTORY: SOURCES AND SKILLS FOR HISTORIANS
  • Optional courses

    Optional courses may include: 

  • COMMODITY HISTORIES IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH, 1500-2000
  • MILITARY SCOTLAND IN THE AGE OF PROTO-GLOBALIZATION, C.1600-C.1800
  • PEACE-MAKING AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AFTER THE FIRST-WORLD WAR
  • THE GLOBAL COLD WAR, 1947-2008
  • THE GLOBAL HISTORY OF INEQUALITIES
  • THE MEDIEVALISTS: THE MIDDLE AGES IN 20TH CENTURY EASTERN AND CENTRAL EUROPE
  • AMERICA'S TWO QUAGMIRES: VIETNAM AND IRAQ
  • THE WORLD OF THE CRUSADES: CRITICAL APPROACHES TO MEDIEAL SOURCES
  • VIOLENCE AND THE COLONIAL ENCOUNTER
  • With permission from the programme convenor, it may also be possible to choose an option from related subjects within the College of Arts. 

    Programme alteration or discontinuation
    The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

    CAREER PROSPECTS

    The analytical and research skills you will have gained by the end of this programme set you up for many different positions in the private and public sector, including careers in business, government, cultural heritage, media and education.

    You will also be well qualified to proceed to study for a PhD in history or a related field.

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