History is not just about understanding the past. It's about changing the future.

There is no more powerful tool than knowledge and knowing where we went wrong during events of the past can equip us with the confidence we need to avoid any such mistakes or disasters and make changes and decisions for the best.

History, as a subject, therefore does not help us to predict the future, it helps us to mould the future and create opportunities.

This does not mean, of course, that all of the things in History we learn about are bad. Far from it. As well as learning from our mistakes, we can also celebrate our achievements and use these positives to build on our future.

Not all historical milestones were negative.
History teaches us about huge milestones like the right to vote. Photo credit: National Library NZ on The Commons on Foter.com / No known copyright restrictions

As author John Fea touches upon in his novel 'Why Study History?', "reflecting on contemporary life from a historical perspective helps us better understand ourselves, the world around us, and the God we worship and serve."

Benefits Of Studying History

We are sure you will agree that History is a fascinating and rewarding subject to study, no matter which institution or specialization you choose, but it also offers the opportunity to gain a number of organisation and professional skills that could help you out in life.

UCAS has released statistics showing that more students than ever, including UK and international students, are applying to UK universities to get first class tuition at one of the country's top universities. There's a wide range of universities and other educational establishments in the United Kingdom, including Scotland and Ireland, which make up the world university rankings and other lists like Glasgow School of Art and Glasgow Caledonian University.

An undergraduate bachelor of arts degree or a postgrad master's in history develops your critical thinking and analytical skills, including creative thinking and problem-solving. With much research required, especially when it comes to your dissertation or thesis, you'll learn to be independent and will be forced to manage your time and priorities effectively as well as conduct detailed independent research.

Furthermore, you will develop the ability to construct strong arguments and communicate findings in a clear and persuasive manner, both in writing and in person. You'll also acquire the capacity to think objectively and approach problems with an open mind, with a better appreciation of the different factors that influence civilisations and individuals in society.

The fundamental knowledge and skills you acquire during each of these courses will be key to you finding jobs relating to your discipline.

Career Paths

With all of the above in mind, some sectors that are well-suited to History postgraduates are:

  • Jobs in Research and Heritage
  • Jobs at museums (curators, education officers, exhibition officers)
  • Jobs in Media and Journalism
  • Jobs in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations
  • Other professional sectors that might appeal to historians include Law, Business and Finance, Politics and the Public Sector.

That said, just because you study History, it doesn't mean that you must enter one of these professions. Being taught this humanities subject will improve your employability prospects regardless of what honour you achieve.

Many people choose a subject simply because they enjoy learning about it and don't know what they want to do with their lives after higher education, winding up in a different career altogether when it comes down to it.

If you aren't really sure what qualifications you want to achieve or are concerned about funding expensive tuition fees, why not talk to a careers and further education advisor at your current sixth form or college? They can give you the lowdown on everything you might want to know about being a student at university, including admission and deadline details, flexible studies, open university, scholarships, and other schemes, preparing you for becoming an applicant.

Read more about finding a history course in Belfast Edinburgh, or Cardiff.

History opens up doors to becoming a member of UNESCO and protecting important buildings and landmarks.
As a historian, you can be involved in protecting important heritage sites. Photo on Foter.com

Being A Student In Glasgow

Thanks to some current and past residents of this Scottish city, we can fill you in on just some of the best things about living in Glasgow and studying at one of its prestigious university campuses.

Glasgow is a multicultural city that is the perfect place for students and graduates alike.

Food lovers and shopping fanatics are well served here, and with such a diversity of ethnicities, you can taste all sorts of foods from different cultures at the many restaurants and cafes on every corner. When it comes to shopping, there are various shopping centres around the city, as well as in the centre where you can buy almost anything that takes your fancy. Just watch those student purse strings!

When you have time off from history classes or taking exams, you can stroll around the many parks and green areas, particularly in the summer. Use these unpolluted areas to relax on a day off from your studies or take your revision materials with you and set up a little revision session for students.

During your breaks from the academic year, you may also want to arrange some sightseeing activities to really make the most of the beautiful area you live in. Go alone, with friends or even with family visiting you from your old hometown - either way, you will love the sights and scenery around Glasgow!

In Glasgow, you are just a short drive from some well-known tourist attractions such as Loch Lomond, Loch Ness, Stirling, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Aviemore, Inverness and many more. Just try to pick a day when it isn't raining too much so that you can enjoy being in the great outdoors!

Glasgow has a number of attractions during the holiday seasons. For instance, Christmas and New Year are a big thing in the city with numerous Christmas markets providing fantastic opportunities to taste street food, pick up Christmas presents., and generally get into the Christmas spirit! There's a Christmas Lights Switch On at George Square every year as well as a New Year party at George Square which is yet another attraction that's good for celebrating New Year.

If you are concerned with maintaining your health, especially if you have a typical booze and fast food-fuelled student diet and lifestyle, you can join one of the many gyms in the city. What's more, when you join a local gym run by the city council, you have use of all their other gyms in the area (the same goes for council libraries in Glasgow). Fitness events in the region include the Women's 10k every year that attracts people from around Scotland and beyond. There is also the Great Scottish Run 10k and half marathon every year that are hugely popular.

The universities are renowned and among the top university rankings, allowing young and mature students to further their education and gain better employability prospects. Student accommodation is also being developed and becoming second to none.

For overseas students, there is an international airport that connects Glasgow to destinations worldwide.

Finally, the people of Glasgow are often accredited with being the friendliest, most helpful and kindest people you shall ever meet. As such you will never feel alone or lost in this welcoming city!

Glasgow is great for shopping, eating out, clubbing and, of course, studying.
Glasgow offers plenty of attractions to keep the average student entertained. Photo credit: Alan Stanton on Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Glasgow History Courses

University of Strathclyde Glasgow - History BA

"Studying history – the story of humanity through the ages – develops your knowledge of the past and gives you a better understanding of the present.

Throughout your studies, you'll receive excellent training in areas such as problem-solving, communication, research methods and interpretation.

Our classes cover some of the most important and interesting historical periods at home and abroad, including Scotland’s ‘Highland Problem’ in the 16th century, Slavery in World History and Cold War Europe, 1945-1991."

University of Glasgow - History MA

"The study of history is the study of change and continuity in human society through time. In this wide-ranging programme you will learn different approaches to studying the past as a way of understanding the present in its political, economic, ideological, social and cultural sense.

History hosts the Centre for Gender History which works closely with external organisations in the field of women’s and gender issues.

You’ll be able to take courses offered by members of the Scottish Centre for War Studies which offers expertise in war and conflict from medieval times to the present day."

University of Glasgow - History of Art MA

"History of art seeks to understand how and why paintings, sculptures, buildings and works in a variety of media come to look the way they do. You will benefit from the extensive resources of the University Library and Archives, and The Hunterian, the University’s museum and art gallery, which feature the world-famous Hunter, Whistler and Mackintosh collections. You will also have access to Kelvin Hall, the University and City’s innovative collections-access centre. In your third-year vacation you will receive a grant to assist you to visit museums, galleries and buildings relevant to your chosen course options and dissertation subject."

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