(Original post by Cate15)
I do prefer medieval history. I'd rather concentrate on that than modern history but i'm still really interested in modern history. I coudl throw myself into anything.
Medieval history is the way forward.
Both departments have strengths in medieval history, Liverpool have had Pauline Stafford - an extremely influential medievalist, teaching there for a long time - I think she has retired now though. As an easy rule - any department with a research centre on the area you are interested in will have good undergraduate provision for that subject (not that departments without dedicated ressearch centres are without expertise). Liverpool has, for example, a centre for medieval studies
and Edinburgh a, as is the current historical vogue, a 'centre for diaspora studies'. I have to say that I really do like the look of some of the research going on at Liverpool at the moment, particularly that of Marios Costambeys (which I hadn't heard about till looking for this thread - thanks
) As a wider ranging medieval studies department, I think Liverpool takes it (for medieval studies in Scotland, nowhere competes with St Andrews) Both departments however seem a little weak on my own research area, early Anglo Saxon England but I'm sure you'd be able to persue early med british history in either of them quite comfortably.
Really though, any differences are splitting hairs, they are both large departments, and will afford you loads of opportunities to study very broadly, look carefully at the course structure and assessment, and also at the library facilities availible. Don't worry too much about 'degree prospects' or anything, as nebulous as those, they will be comparable from any decent department.
That was a little rambling, I'm rather tired and need to go to bed I think.