Entry requirements

A 2:1 UK Honours degree or equivalent.

Candidates with professional qualifications and work experience in an associated area will also be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Royal Holloway’s MA in Public History is the longest-running and most well-established programme of its kind in the United Kingdom. The module attracts applicants from across the world and Royal Holloway is one of the leading centres for public history in Europe. The wider Department of History, which forms part of Royal Holloway’s School of Humanities, is also one of the most innovative, diverse and widely recognised departments in the country. Our faculty members regularly appear on television, radio and in the popular print media. Other staff are engaged in community-based projects and research that make important contributions to policy development and national debates.

This module offers a unique qualification for those wishing to pursue a career in public history, working in the heritage sector, in broadcasting or in film, in museum or in journalism. Through a variety of highly engaging modules, students are trained in the professional skills of historical interpretation and communication and provided with opportunities to meet leading practitioners in the field, popular historians, museum curators, public archivists, publishers and TV and radio producers. The MA thus provides an engaging combination of practical and theoretical learning for historians who are keen to communicate with a wide public audience and offers students a unique gateway to the heritage sector and to the world of popular media,

We offer a wide range of postgraduate scholarships to help with funding your studies. We especially encourage eligible applicants to apply for one of the following:

Brian Harris scholarship – full tuition fee reduction plus £14,800 research, living and travel costs for UK students with, or expected to achieve, a First Class degree.

Dinah and Jessica Nichols scholarship – £12,000 scholarship for Home/EU or international students with, or expected to achieve, a First Class degree or equivalent.

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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