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MA in History

The MA in History brings together a team of distinguished tutors and a rich field of optional course units for you to choose from.

The programme has been specially devised to study the theories, concepts and practical skills that underpin the powerful discipline of history, when studied at an advanced level. All students take a methodology course as well as a skills course which includes visiting speakers from the fields of archives, museums, publishing, and media. Students then select their own optional courses to make a bespoke programme – whether with a broader/thematic or more concentrated focus, depending on each student’s interests. Finally, the dissertation allows students to undertake original research on a topic of their own choice, under individual supervision.

This is an attractive advanced qualification, especially suitable if you are seeking employment in fields involving the professional creation, evaluation and dissemination of knowledge. It is also ideal for those intending to proceed to the MPhil leading to a PhD in History.

Areas of potential specialisation that can be chosen for study include (subject to availability): Gender and Women's History, Modern History, Modern Britain and Modern World.


Students will:

  1. Choose 4 option courses
  2. Take 2 mandatory courses:

    1. a skills course which, in addition to classes on historical sources and research skills, also includes guest talks by practitioners - museum curators, archivists, publishers, journalists, broadcasters, radio/television producers.
    2. a wide-ranging methodology course that explores the development of History as a discipline and its evolving functions in relation to questions of power (who and what is History for?). This course will also look at how theory and empirical history mesh.

    3.  Write a research dissertation of 12,500-15,000 words on a topic of their own 

 choice under individual supervision. 



Courses are taken in the autumn and spring terms.

Work for the dissertation is done in the summer.



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