History

MA

  • Entry Year 2022
  • Duration Full time 12 Months, Part time 24 Months

Overview

Our MA programme is designed to fulfil your quest for knowledge, by taking your study of history to a deeper level. Whether you have your sights set on progression in a career where the skills of a serious historian are valuable, or you are considering continuing on to a doctoral degree, you should find this programme stimulating and enjoyable.

Our History MA offers you the opportunity to pursue your chosen period or research specialism through one of its three pathways (set out in detail at the bottom of the page):

  • Medieval and Early Modern
  • Modern
  • Heritage

Alternatively, a bespoke History MA allows you to tailor your options according to your interests. Each pathway consists of five taught modules and a substantial piece of original research in the form of an 18 -20,000 word dissertation: your opportunity to design a unique piece of research, ambitious in its rigour, which will make a significant contribution to knowledge in your chosen field.

You will be trained by experienced historians, who are expert not only in their subject specialism, but also in the skills they deploy in working with their primary sources: from Roman pottery to medieval manuscripts, from landscapes to literature, from the moving image to oral histories. In the course of your studies, you will have the opportunity to 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 by applying to undertake a placement at an historical site, in an archive or at a museum. If your placement application is selected by the heritage partner, you will have the opportunity for a rewarding experience gaining skills relevant to the heritage sector, and in many cases providing valuable insight into how your skills as a historian can be used in work relating to causes and commerce. If you are considering a career in teaching, there are opportunities for supervised school placements that provide 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.

In 2019 the History Department launched two new Masters programmes in International and Military History and Digital Humanities.

Please visit the History Department website for more information.

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Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in History or a related discipline.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 5.5 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

Optional

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £9,910 £4,955
International £21,000 £10,500

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Take a Masters in History at Lancaster University

Enhance your career or academic credentials with a Lancaster University Masters degree in History, Digital Humanities or Military and International History.

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2022/2023 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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