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Course summary

The MSc in Health History explores the last two-and-a-half centuries to seek the origins and impacts of our modern health experiences and expectations, together with the reasons they've changed so rapidly. The degree is suitable for those from humanities, social science and health science backgrounds as well as those who have worked in the health professions. The MSc Health History is organised around the expertise of staff in the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH) Glasgow. The CSHHH is a research collaboration between historians of medicine and of health and healthcare at Glasgow Caledonian and Strathclyde universities. Ranked Top 10 in the UK for History (Times Good University Guide 2023)


Compulsory class: Research Skills, Sources, and Methods for Historians. Optional classes (five to be chosen): Health & Healthcare in the Long Nineteenth Century, Pharmaceuticals, Ethics and Health, 1800 – 1980, Food & Health in the West during the Twentieth Century, Media and Health, Advanced Oral History, Medicine & Warfare, 1800-2000, Gender, Health & Modern Medicine Since 1800, Medicine, Health & the Moving Image, Governing Highs & Health: History & the Control of Drugs, c.1800-c.1945, Fleshy Histories: Meat Eating & Meat Avoidance, 1500 to the Present, Medicine & Madness: Psychiatry in the Nineteenth & Twentieth Centuries, History, Health & Heritage (from 2020-21 entry), Work Placement in History.

Assessment method

A full account of assessment will be provided in each module handbook. The pass mark is 50% in all classes.

Entry requirements

A first or second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in History or a related discipline

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £7100 Year 1
England £7100 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7100 Year 1
Wales £7100 Year 1
Channel Islands £7100 Year 1
International £16000 Year 1

Additional fee information

For information on tuition fees, additional costs and funding for this programme, please view the programme details on the University of Strathclyde website.

Sponsorship information

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.

Health History at University of Strathclyde - UCAS