Taught course

English Local History

University of Leicester · Centre for English Local History
MAMA by Individual Supervised Study

Entry requirements

2:1 degree in history or another relevant discipline.

We also welcome applicants who do not have a degree but who can show enthusiasm and competence by having attended relevant certificated courses, by submitting published work or by writing qualifying essays to a first degree standard.

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

The course combines a systematic training in historical research techniques with the study of a range of major local historical themes and the chance to undertake an individually researched dissertation.

This degree provides you with training, up to research level, in the 'Leicester' approach to English Local History. You will look in depth at the interaction between society and landscape and use comparative methods to test hypotheses and interpretations, which might include comparisons with places outside the British Isles.

Through lectures, seminars, group work and field study trips, you will develop a deeper knowledge of comparative landscape and community, with emphasis on cultural regions, historical ecology and regional identities.

The course consists of four core modules, a field course and a dissertation. During the field course, which takes place in the Midlands, you will take part in intensive study of the landscape. During the fieldwork option, you will develop your observational skills and gain an appreciation of the role that landscape and the structures of community have to play in historical enquiry.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

Fees and funding

We regularly offer fee bursaries for our MA degrees. The Friends of the Centre for English Local History offer a number of bursaries each year. English Local History students can also apply to the Hoskins Duffield fund for assistance with their expenses while studying. Further information is available on the History website.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Rupert and Babette Evans MA Bursaries: two £4,000 bursaries available to postgraduate history students.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

MA by Individual Supervised Study

part time
22 months
full time
15 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations22
Written coursework / continuous assessment33
Dissertation34 (20000 words)
field work11

Course contact details

Department of History
+44 (0)116 252 2587