University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Intellectual History

The programme aims to introduce students both to the principal methodologies of intellectual history and to some key instances of this burgeoning discipline; students study Begriffsgeschichte and the 'Cambridge School', as well as significant episodes in intellectual history, such as Epicureanism, mind body dualism, the Scottish enlightenment and Tocqueville's America.

Entry requirements

A UK 1st class or 2.1 Honours degree at undergraduate level or the international equivalent in a relevant discipline is normally required; applicants whose 1st language is not English require: IELTS 7.0 (with at least 6.0 in each module); TOEFL internet-based test 100 (with at least 20 in each module); PTE(A) 67 (with at least 56 in each of the communicative skills sections); or CPE grade B or CAE grade A.

Course modules

Students take 2 compulsory courses: historical methodology; historical research: skills and sources. Applicants select 4 option courses (or 2 courses and supervised reading) from choices that may include: Epicurus and epicureanism; intellectual history of the American revolution; man and the natural world in the enlightenment; religion and the enlightenment: the birth of the modern; the enlightenment: questions of geography; the science of man in the Scottish enlightenment; mind and body in early modern philosophy; thinking the 20th century; a crucible for change: enlightenment in Britain 1688�1801.

Assessment methods



Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 8,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 8,250 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Edinburgh Edinburgh EH8 9JU Scotland

Key information

Graduate School Administrative Assistant
Telephone number: 
0131 650 9948