Entry requirements

Students applying to enter into the MA by Research will require a minimum 2.1 Honours degree in History or a related degree, with a minimum 2.1 grade in the undergraduate dissertation. Students with degrees in related subjects will be considered on an individual basis.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

The MA by Research in History, like other research degrees, contains no taught element and offers you the opportunity to pursue a research project, without entering into the commitment of a PhD. The degree programme is intended both as an award in its own right and, if required, as a progression route to a PhD.

The MbyRes programmes are two years full time or three years part time. There is no minimum registration period and students may complete their studies within a shorter time scale. However, students who are accessing financial support through the Student Loan Company Postgraduate Research Loan should be aware that funding payments are scheduled across two years for students studying the programme on either a full time or a part time basis.

History academic staff are world-leading researchers and their interests range across history from 1500 onwards, and have particular expertise in; culture, memory and heritage; landscape, agriculture and environmental history, c. 1500-1800; oral history and British party politics; political and social theory; Cornish history; gender, sex and medical history; social history; modern warfare; global communism and socialism, and colonialism and decolonization. The department provides coverage of British, European, African, South and East Asian, American and Latin American histories. There is a special emphasis on interdisciplinarity - the deployment of approaches from disciplines such as literary studies, anthropology, politics and economics.

This course can be studied at one of the following campuses:

Information for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 7.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component and all other sections no less than 6.0.


Overall score 100 with minimum scores of 25 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

65 with no less than 58 in all communicative skills.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,400 (full-time) £2,200 (part-time)
International students
£16,400 (full-time)

Qualification and course duration

MA by research

part time
36 months
distance learning
24-36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1392 725306