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School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies

Graduate Studies

The School of History, Classics and Archaeology has a number of taught Master's programmes drawing on the expertise of the scholars of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies and others within the School of History, Classics and Archaeology, in particular the MSc in History (link to: ).  These are one-year degrees which provide, potentially, a qualification for embarking on a PhD. 

The MSc by Research in History and the PhD / MPhil in History also provide opportunities to study topics related to Diaspora and Migration history.

Initial enquiries about graduate study should be emailed to



Two PhD scholarships are attached to the Centre. The William R McFarlane PhD Scholarship and the Scottish Government PhD Studentship.



Diaspora Studies Graduate Workshop

The interdisciplinary Diaspora Studies Workshop launched by the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies in 2009 is open to all MSc and PhD students working in the field of diaspora and migration.


Diaspora Studies Graduate Workshop – further details


Diaspora Studies Graduate Seminar Programme


The Diaspora Studies graduate seminar programme for this semeser has now been set. This seminar series, held at the University of Edinburgh, is an informal setting in which ECRs and doctoral candidates can share their current work and get some feedback or just discuss the ideas presented. 


The seminars usually take place every other Tuesday lunchtime in Room G16, William Robertson Wing of the Old Medical School (HCA), and will run from 20th January 2015.


For further information on any topic, please get in touch with Sophie Cooper at or Iain Watson at


For more information on the seminar programme, please see the website



Current Students




Sophie Cooper (McFarlane scholar) PhD Aegrotat 2015. M.Phil, Trinity College, Dublin: 'Nationalism in the Irish Diaspora: Melbourne and Chicago, 1850-1890'


Andrew Phemister MPhil, Cambridge: 'Henry George and the Irish Diaspora'


Oisin Plumb (McFarlane scholar) MSc, Edinburgh: 'Swimming
Against the Tide? - Early Medieval Migrants from Scotland to Ireland'


Iida Saarinen MSc, Edinburgh: ‘Belonging" in a Roman Catholic Seminary in the Nineteenth Century? A Prosopographical Study of Students and Social Identities at "Scots College Paris", 1793-1878’


Iain Watson MSc Edinburgh, holder of the Scottish Government PhD Studentship: 'Scottish Migration Myths; their origins, durability and validity – a comparative study of the sojourning migrant Scots of Hong Kong and the settled Scots diaspora of New Zealand'


MSc by Research


Katy Johnston MA (Hons), Edinburgh: Study of Chinese immigration into postwar Britain


Former Students




Sonia Baker PhD 2015: 'Scots in eighteenth century Grenada: a study of the life and times of Ninian Home (1732-1795), plantation and slave owner - family, friends, networks and other connections’


Charles Bradford Bow, PhD, 2012: 'The End of the Scottish Enlightenment in its' Transatlantic Context: Moral education in the thought of Dugald Stewart and Samuel Stanhope Smith, 1790-1812'

Lindsey Flewelling, PhD, 2012: 'Ulster Unionism and America, 1880-1920'


David Hesse (McFarlane Scholar), PhD, 2011: 'Warrior Dreams: Playing Scotsmen in mainland Europe, 1945-2010'

Sarah McCaslin (McFarlane Scholar)
PhD 2015: '"Great Gathering of the Clans": Scottish Clubs and Societies in Scotland and America, 1750-c.1850'


David Ritchie, PhD 2013: '"They do not become Good Scotsmen", A Political History of the anti-Irish campaign in Scotland 1919-1939'


Mario Varricchio, PhD, 2012: 'From the Mother Country: Oral Narratives of British Emigration to the United States, 1860-1940'

MSc by Research in History


Sonia Baker MSc, 2010: 'Scottish Planters in the British West Indies, c.1760-1840'. Completed MSC by research dissertations with SCDS - disserations AHRC funded.

Sarah McCaslin MSc, 2010: '"Most harmonious agreeable and happy corporation in the B[ritish] Kingdom": Scottish Patriotism in Eighteenth Century Scottish Clubs and Societies'. Completed MSC by research dissertations with SCDS.

Patrick Watt MSc, 2013 'Scottish-influenced battalions of the Canadian militia in the Great War'

MSc in Diaspora and Migration History


Dylan Clark, MSc, 2012


Katie Forbes MSc, 2013


Joe Henry, MSc, 2012


Claire Johnston MSc, 2013

Megan Nicholson, MSc, 2012


Iain Watson, MSc, 2012


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