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Entry requirements

An Honours degree in History with a minimum classification of second-class first division or an Honours degree, with a minimum classification of second-class first division, where 50% or more of the subject matter studied relates to History. Graduates with an Honours degree in any discipline who have otherwise demonstrated potential to succeed at postgraduate level in History will also be considered for admission.

Months of entry


Course content

A University of Hertfordshire research degree is an internationally recognised degree signifying high levels of achievement in research. It develops extensive subject expertise and independent research skills which are honed over an extended period, depending on the level of the award.

You undertake a substantial, original research project for the duration of the degree, under the supervision and guidance of two or more academic members of staff. You are also supported by attendance at the University's Generic Training courses, postgraduate seminar series run at Hertfordshire and the Institute of Historical Research and at an annual research weekend in Windsor Great Park. During the course of the degree, you are given opportunities to present your work at major conferences and in refereed research publications.

The degree is assessed on the final research output, in the form of a substantial written thesis of 80,000 words, which is defended in a viva with an external examiner.

Information for international students

International students should have IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.5 in writing and no less than 6.0 in each other band.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • Masters
    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

Katrina Navickas
+44 (0)1707 284000