Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in Humanities, Arts or Social Sciences, and a mark of minimum 60% in their final year dissertation. In cases where an undergraduate transcript does not contain a research element such as a dissertation, we may ask applicants to provide an example of their academic writing that demonstrates capacity for independent research.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA in History offers you the opportunity to explore a variety of historical approaches, all within a diverse range of chronologies and geographies. The programme is particularly characterised by a high degree of choice, both in what and how you learn.

Students can opt to take specialist master's level units, join third-year undergraduate units, or undertake independent solo research projects. Several units also offer the chance to engage with external partners such as the SS Great Britain and BBC History Magazine.

Given the wide range of research and teaching in the department, we are confident you will find units that reflect your own interests, whether that's medieval notions of the apocalypse, the English Civil War, maritime empires, race in North America, or something else entirely.

Across the year, students can choose to specialise by following pathways through our programme that reflect our strengths in:

  • medieval and early modern history
  • contemporary British, European and American history
  • global history (with particular focus on African and Asian history)
  • histories of colonialism, empire, and race
  • environmental history
  • public history
  • histories of gender, sexuality, and the body.

Alternatively, you may prefer to obtain a broad knowledge of different historical subjects, themes, debates and methodologies.

As well as benefitting from the research expertise of our staff, you will be immersed in a vibrant postgraduate community at Bristol. This is underpinned by regular seminar series, guest speakers, and skills workshops, as well as social events organised by our History Society and student reps. You will also be connected to a number of prestigious research groups in the Faculty of Arts in which the Department of History plays a prominent part. This includes our centres for Medical Humanities, Black Humanities, Environmental Humanities, and Medieval Studies.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

Funding and studentship opportunities are listed on the Faculty of Arts funding pages.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 117 394 1649