Taught course

Public History

Institution
Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of History
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent.

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

  • Applicants come from a diverse range of backgrounds and we accept a broad range of qualifications (including first degrees in subjects other than History).
  • We occasionally invite candidates to an interview, when we would like more information upon which to base a decision. If applicants are unable to attend, such as overseas students, we interview by telephone.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Royal Holloway MA in Public History is aimed at historians who are keen to engage the public by becoming experts in communicating ideas about the past in a range of spaces and media. It provides a unique gateway to the heritage and history sectors, as well as in public media, it therefore provides relevant learning opportunities if you wish to pursue a career in broadcasting or film, in museums, heritage, with community organisations or in journalism. It is also suited to academic historians who are looking for the theories, knowledge and skills to communicate their research in the most effective way to wider audiences.

The course was designed in collaboration with potential employers and is taught by staff and industry professionals who are well connected and up-to-date with the latest techniques. Through your studies you will develop professional skills of historical interpretation and communication and have the opportunity to work alongside experienced professionals, including museum curators, public archivists, publishers and TV and radio producers. You will learn about the key theories that underpin public history, digital history and public engagement and become equipped to work in a sector undergoing constant development, where collaborating with other professionals and members of the public will be essential.

We are one of the largest and liveliest History departments in the UK yet our size is not at the cost of anonymity; you will receive our individual attention and become part of our close-knit post graduate community. Our internationally renowned academics are developing the very latest thinking on historical problems and their interests range from the ancient to the contemporary.

  • Access to some of the richest facilities for historical research anywhere in the world; in addition to the College’s substantial library collections, there are the National Archives, British Library and libraries of the University of London.
  • Access to some of the most exciting heritage sites in the world
  • Valuable networking opportunities with producers and representatives from production companies, heritage organisations and the museum sector develop links within the industry.
  • Membership to the Institute of Historical Research, an excellent research library housed in Senate House of the University of London where you can attend regular and informative evening seminars.
  • Guest lecturers and regular collaboration with external partner institutions that have included the National Trust, the Royal Household, media historians, and members of the Houses of Parliament public engagement team.

Information for international students

IELTS score of 6.5 with 7.0 in writing and no sub-score below 5.5 for non-native English speaking applicants.

See our International pages for more information.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,000
International students
£14,500

See our Postgraduate fees and funding pages to find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Anna Whitelock
Email
anna.whitelock@royalholloway.ac.uk