Taught course

International History

Staffordshire University · Justice, Security and Sustainability

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline (such as Political Sciences, Social Sciences, Human Geography, Literary Studies, Area Studies, etc.) or significant appropriate work experience.

Language level must be at least IELTS 6-6.5 or equivalent. However, you’ll be considered if you have a level of fluency to meet the needs of the course.

Months of entry


Course content

It’s an exciting and important time to study International History. This distance learning course will stimulate inquiring minds by providing an insight into international relationships and rapid changes over time, from regional microhistories to sweeping diplomatic affairs, from cultural developments to military encounters. Enjoy the flexibility of distance learning while connecting with your fellow students who will bring with them a range of different experiences. You’ll be encouraged to use digital platforms for a weekly programme of study with regular support from our experts and the opportunity to debate key subjects with fellow students.

The MA International History will take you on a journey through modern international history and offers the opportunity to develop interest and insight, whether you’re looking to develop your professional profile in a related field or an enthusiast wanting to explore the relationship between history and politics. This is set against dramatic developments in communications, science and technology, urbanisation and industrialisation.

The course is taught and assessed entirely online, giving you the freedom to study anytime, anywhere.

You can also tailor the course to a topic that interests you, through one of our pathways. You can focus on Intelligence and Terrorism, with our Intelligence pathway; if learning more about mass violence and genocide interests you, then you can choose the Genocide Studies pathway; alternatively, if you would prefer a broader course of study, you can remain on the broader MA International History course and study topics such as Transnationalism and Global interdependence and an option module of your choosing.

If you complete a specific pathway route, your award title will reflect this.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MA International History

Part-time study

If you wish to study this course part-time, the duration of the course is two years.

The expected study pattern is to complete modules totalling 180 credits over the two years of study.

Distance learning

Whilst this is a distance learning course and there is no expectation for you to attend our campuses, you are more than welcome to take advantage of our on campus facilities including our libraries, sports facilities and Students Union. However, we have extensive experience in supporting distance learning students so you can access the same level of student support via our online platforms.

Fees and funding

See: Postgraduate funding @ Staffordshire University

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    13 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 1782 294 400