Our MA by Research Economic History programme will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of economic fundamentals, and the origins and likely long-term consequences of contemporary economic policies.
This programme is pluralist in its influences and concerns, pulling together the best from both history and economics. Learn how to apply rigorous economic analysis to deepen your understanding of the past, and compare economic growth and living standards across space and time using quantitative and qualitative approaches to historical data. You will make an original contribution to our understanding of past economies through your research dissertation, and will develop considerable expertise in your specialist area of research.
Being part of one of the biggest bodies of economic historians in the country, you will benefit from an interdisciplinary focus and the opportunity to work with academics across the University, encompassing academics from Archaeology, Classics, Economics, Henley Business School, History, and Law. This programme is designed for students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds who have a strong interest in exploring economic or financial systems from a historical perspective.
You will develop a set of wide-ranging skills, including: an ability to understand and apply complex ideas and analyse large quantities of information; to construct reasoned and articulate arguments; and to reach carefully balanced judgements.
Our expertise is wide-ranging, allowing you to tailor the programme to your primary interests as well as to discover new research areas. You will be fully involved in the work of the Centre for Economic History, and all relevant seminars and conferences. We also use economic theories and concepts, such as game theory.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).
Entry requirements: Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent from a university outside the UK.
What will you study?
Current themes in economic history research
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £8,100 per year
New international students: £17,100 per year
New UK/EU students: £4,050 year one
New international students: £8,500 year one
The fees listed are for full-time study, unless otherwise stated, and relate to courses starting in the 2021/22 academic year. Fee information will be confirmed in offer letters sent out to successful applicants. You can find further information on fees and funding, including for part-time study, through our dedicated fees and funding page.
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
Funding for PhD research students is available from Faculty studentships, the AHRC Doctoral Training South, West and Wales Consortium, the Leverhulme Trust and the ESRC. The Centre for Economic History offers a number of MA bursaries.
What career can you have?
In terms of both the content of your knowledge base, and the nature of your acquired skills, you should be well placed to embark upon a wide range of professional careers.
Thanks to the possibility of building their own pathway within our MA course, our students can specialise in their preferred area. They may continue their academic development with doctoral research, or pursue a career as teachers, archivists, or in museums.