MA in History

Our MA programme is designed to foster and challenge students wishing to take their study of history to a deeper level, with a view either to enhance their skills for professions outside of academia, or to lay firm foundations for further postgraduate study. At the heart of the Masters programme lies the dissertation: your opportunity to develop original research, ambitious in its rigour, that makes a significant contribution to knowledge. 

Our Masters in History currently offers you the opportunity to pursue your chosen period or research specialism in one of five ways:

Medieval and Early Modern



Digital History

The fifth programme is bespoke, a tailor-made programme for the individual research needs.  Each pathway consists of five taught modules, and a substantial piece of original research in the form of an 18-20,000 word dissertation.

You will be trained by leading historians, who are expert not only in their subject specialism, but also in the skills they deploy in working with their primary sources: from Greek urns to medieval manuscripts, from landscapes to literature, from the moving image to oral histories. In the course of your studies, you will expand your knowledge of potential sources, gain fundamental skills, and discover your own innovative approaches to primary material.

You can take advantage of our excellent relationship with local and national heritage organisations to undertake a placement at an historical site, in an archive or at a museum. Not only will you gain rewarding experience in the heritage sector, but you will also learn how to feed your knowledge and skills into causes and commerce: an education equipping you for life beyond the MA. For those considering a career in teaching, we offer supervised school placements that will give you a taster of the profession and experience in applying your academic expertise in a classroom.

There is a lively and stimulating postgraduate research culture and social network on which to draw and to which to contribute. In addition to taught modules and supervision, our MA students attend or run research seminars, conferences, training events, reading groups and social events. Some financial support is available for such activities.


As well as graduates in History, students who have completed a combined major or a degree in other disciplines, such as Politics, English, Cultural Studies or Linguistics, are also very welcome to apply.


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.

Please contact the Postgraduate Coordinator  or the Director of Postgraduate Studies  directly if you have any questions about embarking on a research degree or on the specific programmes.

Funding available for MA in History, 2018 entry

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

Scholarships and Bursaries.

Funding is available from the ESRC and AHRC 1+3 schemes; the Faculty and the Department, and the Iredell Studentships. Details on all these including deadlines can be found here.