MA in History

Our MA in History includes the option our students have to work with heritage organisations on a placement scheme as an example of the valuable transferable skills postgraduate study gives students. Our training in Digital History is at the cutting-edge of the field, and is relevant and accessible to all fields of enquiry. 

Our MA programme is designed to foster the study of history at an advanced level and to develop skills which can be transferred into professions outside the university or which may form the basis of further research. The MA in History is divided into four Pathways: Medieval and Early Modern, Modern, Heritage and Digital. Each of the pathways consists of five taught modules and a 20,000 word dissertation.

The programme and a range of activities within the department support the creation of a lively and stimulating student experience. In addition to taught modules and supervision, the department encourages MA students to attend research seminars, conferences, training events, reading groups and social events run by the department.

Students who have completed a combined major or a degree in other disciplines, such as Politics, English, Cultural Studies or Linguistics, are welcome to apply.

The Pathways

Medieval and Early Modern



Digital History 

Funding available for MA in History, 2017 entry

1. Fees bursaries. The Department has two MA awards for UK/EU students for UK/EU students. Please see the information and application form in our Funding Page.

2. Alumni Loyalty Scholarship. Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for eligible alumni applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows:

  • 20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
  • 10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders

Find out more about the scheme

 3. Iredell Scholarship.

The Department of History will offer either one Iredell PhD Studentship or up to two MA Studentships in 2016. The award normally consists of a fees bursary plus an annual stipend of up to £5,000 for three years for full-time PhD students and one year for MA students. Part-time students are welcome to apply. Applications for the Iredell Studentship should consist of a 1000-word research proposal, a short (two-page) c.v. and two academic references. The proposal, c.v. and academic references must be submitted to Rebecca Sheppard by 27 May 2017. Candidates must ensure that the references arrive on time. Candidates must have applied for a place on the PhD programme before the application deadline.

How to apply for the MA in History

Applications can be made for MA or PhD/MPhil programmes at any time during the academic year. Please see the University's Application Website.

However, please contact the Director of Postgraduate Study directly if you have any questions about the MA programme or if you are considering embarking on a research degree.