History MA - 2019 Entry
Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 24 Month(s)
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 doctoral research.
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
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 develop original research, ambitious in its rigour, which makes a significant contribution to knowledge.
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.
The History Department is launching a new Masters programmes for 2019 entry: MA International and Military History and is in the process of launching a new MA in Digital Humanities.
Please visit the History Department website for more information and to register for updates.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
- Creative Voices: History and Fiction
- Historical Research Project
- Introduction to Latin Translation for Historians
- Belief and Unbelief: Gods and Pagans from Antiquity to Today
- Outreach, heritage and public history placement
- Beyond the Text: Image, Sound and Object as Historical Evidence
- Digital texts in the Humanities
- School Placement
- How Historians Understand and Explain
- Medieval Primary Sources: Genre, Rhetoric and Transmission
- Spatial technologies for Humanities Research
- Critical Heritage Studies
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.
Undergraduate Degree: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK or equivalent) in History or a related discipline.
If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualifications here: International Qualifications
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 department is always prepared to consider cases on an individual basis for those applicants who fall outside of this criteria but can provide a robust case for consideration.
English Language: IELTS - Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 5.5
We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements
If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes
Pre-sessional English language programmes available:
4 Week Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5
10 Week Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0
Longer pre-sessional programmes are available, please contact the Admissions Office for further information
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