Taught course

Public History

Newcastle University · School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in history or a related subject such as:

  • human and cultural geography
  • English
  • heritage studies
  • media studies

Applicants with non-standard qualifications and/or an appropriate level of professional or voluntary experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

This innovative course develops the core attributes of today’s public historian through a flexible toolkit that includes research and communication skills, cultural competency and empathy.

About this course

At Newcastle, you’ll be taught by an international team of experts from Australia, the US and the UK. Our guest lecturers are leading practitioners in our local and global networks.

You’ll develop the core skills to become a successful public historian. These include project planning, collaborative ways of working, and flexible communication skills. You'll gain a solid grounding in key theoretical and analytical frameworks, as well as public practices.

You’ll spend a third of your time working on a guided public history project. This could involve working alongside practitioners in the popular history field. This may include:

  • freelance public historians
  • cultural organisations
  • charities
  • archivists
  • publishers
  • TV and radio producers.

This MA Public History is for you if you want to:

  • shape public understanding of the past
  • think globally about history
  • learn how the past impacts on the present.

You'll be suitable if you're:

  • a History graduate wishing to further develop your skills ahead of a career in the history industry
  • a graduate of a related subject with a keen interest in building knowledge and practical skills in public history
  • currently working or volunteering in the history industry and wishing to further develop your skills to enhance your career.

Information for international students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 5 English Language Requirements.

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Fees and funding

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme informatin.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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