Entry requirements

At least a 2.2 honours degree, or equivalent, in history or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

Our popular flagship course, MA History offers you a rigorous, flexible and wide-ranging education in the subject. You take a practical module in research techniques with Research Methods in History, gain an introduction to historical theory and study the latest in historical research in specific fields.

Given the flexibility of our course, it is possible to take various 'pathways' by selecting differing optional modules. Combinations of our modules can enable you to pursue your interests in gender history; the history of race, nationalism and ethnicity; the history of class and gender; comparative history; local and regional history; and slavery and Atlantic history. Key employability skills include learning how to create a research brief, analytical reasoning, the marshalling of information, problem solving, and various forms of information presentation.

Our Department of History has developed a strong research and teaching profile, coming joint second in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008) and a 95 per cent satisfaction rating in the 2010 National Student Survey. Our staff are amongst world leaders in their fields and we have strong links with the Essex Record Office, which is one of the best county record offices in the UK.

Our teaching and research concentrates on the period from 1500 to the present and cover a wide geographical area that includes British and European history, as well as Latin America, the USA, China, Russia and Africa.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, visit our website at: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment50
Dissertation50 (20000 words)

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872719