Modern History MA Hons

University of St Andrews
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
St Andrews

About this program

Modern History MA Hons

The MA (Hons) in Modern History will teach you to analyse historical events from the past 500 years from a present-day context. You will choose from a range of optional classes with very broad chronological, geographical and thematic coverage.

The modern era comprises the period from around 1450 to the 21st century, and classes are offered on the histories of many nations and regions, including Britain, Europe, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia and parts of Africa and the Americas. Intellectual, political, cultural, military, religious, gender, social and economic history are among the options on offer.

Admission requirements

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  • SQA Highers
  • GCE A-Levels
  • IB points

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 7.0, with a minimum score of 6.5 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English language qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First Year

Students will take the following compulsory first-year modules:

  • The Early Modern Western World (c. 1450-1770)
  • Themes in Late Modern History (c. 1776-2001)

Second Year

Students will take the following compulsory second-year modules:

  • History as a Discipline: Development and Key Concepts
  • Scotland, Britain and Empire (c. 1500-2000)


If you decide to take modern history in your third and fourth years, you choose from a wide variety of advanced options, including modules ranging from Elizabethan England to East Asia in the 20th century.

Here is a sample of Honours modules which have been offered in previous years:

  • British Cinema History, 1920-1960
  • China's Revolutions, 1850-1989
  • Curiosity, Empire, and Science in Eighteenth-century France
  • From Cradle to Grave: Living and Dying in Early Modern England (c. 1500-1800)
  • Imperial Russia 1815-1917
  • Political Thought From Machiavelli to Tocqueville
  • Stalinism, Nazism and Central Europe (1912-1941)
  • The American Revolution
  • The Decline and Fall of the French Old Regime (1715-1789)
  • Twentieth-century Germany: A sense of place
  • Women and Men in Europe (1500 – 1800)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

When not attending lectures and tutorials, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve:

  • working on individual and group projects
  • undertaking research in the library
  • preparing coursework assignments and presentations
  • preparing for examinations.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Career paths

History graduates find employment in academia, museums and archives, or as history teachers.

Using the analytical and communication skills acquired through the study of history, many also proceed to careers including:

  • law
  • publishing
  • armed forces
  • service industries
  • the financial sector
  • the arts
  • the media.

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University of St Andrews

St Katharine's West
KY16 9AX St Andrews

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