Taught course


University of Greenwich · School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should have: EITHER an undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above in a relevant discipline (a 2.2 may be considered in exceptional circumstances) OR a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a good honours degree in a related area OR professional experience, research in a professional capacity or publication in journals or presentation at conferences/seminars • Non-English speakers should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill).

Months of entry


Course content

The MA History is an exciting new programme that offers students a stimulating academic environment for further study and research into the past, in the inspiring historic setting of Maritime Greenwich.

Alongside the development of theoretical knowledge, research skills and new research interests, the course also explores the diverse ways in which history is put to work in the world. The programme draws on the strengths of Greenwich’s history team to provide students with an exciting range of optional areas of study, including public history, gender, empire, exploration, war, and maritime history.

This programme has been designed for graduates who may be considering embarking on a career in teaching, academic research, or in the UK’s vibrant heritage sector, where a postgraduate qualification considerably enhances employability. The range of student aspirations is recognised in the optional work placement module, assessed by creative research outputs such as an exhibition or a filmed documentary.

Equally, for those wishing to progress to further postgraduate research, the MA in History will provide opportunities for intellectual development, training in source analysis and writing at an advanced level. The programme also offers heritage sector professionals opportunities for career progression within the industry.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide a stimulating academic environment for advanced study and research rooted in knowledge of the diverse and contested theoretical and practical approaches to studying and researching the past
  • To offer a flexible programme that can be tailored to student aspirations, be that preparation for further study or for a career in heritage, media, teaching, or elsewhere
  • To offer students the opportunity to develop their own specialised area of interest through independent research and/or work placement in a heritage organisation.


  • The History of the Present
  • Historical Research Methods and Practice
  • Dissertation
  • Options from a range (subject to availability) including: Global Travel, Exploration and Empire 1600-1911; Gender in Early Modern England; Histories of Feminism; London at War; Work Placement; Empire and War; Public History; Environmental History and the Sea: The British Isles, 1800-Today; Britannia’s Trident: War Trade and Empire 17th-19th centuries; Britannia Challenged: 20th Century International Maritime History.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

020 8331 9000