Taught course


The University of Manchester · History

Entry requirements

An Upper Second class honours degree, or the overseas equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

Increasingly, postgraduate students choose their own personalised package of course units from our diverse selection, from different sub-areas of history to address their own interests. This programme allows students to do this, undertake historical research training (with elements transferable to many kinds of research), and write a dissertation.

Module details:
Advanced Coursework comprises the core course, plus 60 credits of optional course units. The core course will usually address theoretical and probably bibliographical aspects of the Programme. Students on this programme a core course from one of the specialist History MAs. Currently these: 'The History of the Book' (Medieval Studies); 'Issues, debates and resources in early-modern history'; 'Revising the history of modern Britain'; 'Key concepts in modern European History'; 'Reading the Victorian'; 'History and postmodernism'; 'Research issues in economic and social history'; 'Colonial and postcolonial experiences: theory and historiography'.

Among the optional courses chosen by students in 2006-7 are 'European liberalisms', `Victorian intellectual controversies', 'Social and cultural upheaval in war and peace in Russia', 'Key issues in migration history,' 'Men, machinery and money,' 'The (Ir)resistible rise of the American empire.'

Further details of course units which are currently being offered can be found here.

Research training centres usually on the course, 'Historical sources and methods', supplemented by the School-wide generic course, 'Skills Awareness in Graduate Education' which integrates various workshop elements, and the preparation of a Research Outline for the proposed MA dissertation. By permission a foreign language can be substituted for the 'Historical Sources and Methods' course.

Recent dissertation titles include: Perceptions of Manchester in German Liberal Debates; Ethnic Nationalism and Cultural Politics in Yugoslavia (1918-1991); Perceptions of Childhood and Attitudes to Child Labour 1770-1880: The Case of Climbing Boys.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS score of 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0, or 620 in the TOEFL written test or 260 in the computerised TOEFL (including 5 in TWE) or 103 in the internet-based TOEFL

Fees and funding

UK and EU applicants may enter the AHRC competition (internal deadline in early March each year). This is highly competitive, and applicants should discuss applying with the Programme Director as soon as possible. Some awards are usually offered by the School or department: see the school website for current information

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (12000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
00 44 (0)161 275 0322