What Will You Study

The 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 three Pathways: Medieval and Early Modern, Modern and Heritage. Each of the pathways consists of four taught modules and a 25,000 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.

An area of strength of the degree is its engagement with heritage, public history and education. The Department of History prides itself on its placement and consultancy modules which allow students to build skills in heritage studies and public engagement. Our placement partners for the Heritage and Public History Placement module include the Duchy of Lancaster, Norton Priory Trust in Runcorn, the Museum of Lancashire, the Lancaster Maritime Museum, the North Craven Heritage Trust and the Senhouse Museum Trust. Critical Heritage Studies combines academic seminars with field-trips to museums in the region.


  • Critical Heritage Studies
  • How Historians Understand and Explain
  • Researching and Writing History
  • Beyond the Text: Literature, Image and Voice as Historical Evidence
  • Heritage and Public History Placement
  • Digital Humanities  
  • Sources for Medieval History and Palaeography
  • Medieval Primary Sources - Genre, Rhetoric and Transmission
  • Medieval Latin Translation for Historians
  • School Placement (primary or secondary)
  • Belief and Unbelief: Gods and Pagans from Antiquity to Today
  • Creative Voices: History and Fiction
  • Heritage and Public History Placement
  • Additional Research Project
  • On Location in the Lakes
  • Cinema and History