Taught course


University of Lincoln · Lincoln School of Humanities and Heritage

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree in History or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This rigorous Master's programme is designed to develop students' specialist knowledge of history alongside advanced research skills that are transferable to a variety of careers paths, including PhD study.

Students can specialize in the history of gender and sexuality, media history, global history, early modern or contemporary British history, or pursue a general programme of study instead. Through cumulative research, students can develop the relevant skills and an enhanced capacity for informed citizenship, critical thinking, and simple awareness.

The city of Lincoln is rich in history and heritage making it the perfect setting in which to conduct history research. Students can benefit from the historical resources available in the city, including an extensive archive of materials at the on-campus Media Archive of Central England (MACE), the International Bomber Command Centre, and The Wren Library at Lincoln Cathedral which houses several thousand early modern books.

Students on the course are expected to undertake an in-depth independent research project and produce a detailed dissertation.

The taught modules are delivered through a series of seminars which typically take place on a Wednesday. Students are supported in researching and writing their dissertation with a series of tutorial meetings with their supervisor.

Students on this course should expect to receive three to four hours of contact time per week. Postgraduate level study involves a significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in seminars. As a general guide, for every hour spent in class, students are expected to spend two to three hours in independent study.

Core modules:

- Historical Research (12 weeks)
- The Dissertation Map (six weeks)
- The Public Historian (six weeks)

Students also have a choice of one 12-week optional core module in Semester 1 and one 12-week optional module in Semester 2.

Optional core modules can include:
-Themes in Contemporary British History
-Themes in Global History
-Themes and Issues in Media History
-Themes and Issues in the History of Gender and Sexuality

Optional modules can include:
-Everyday Britain: MACE (The Media Archive For Central England) and the Historian
-Politics and Political Culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain, 1500-1700
-Early Modern Manhood
-Sex and Science in the Western World, 1800-present
-The Making of Contemporary Britain: From Sexual Liberation to Deindustrialisation 1970-1990
-Gender and Material Culture in Modern Britain
-Photographing Empire
-The History of the Book: Media and Print Culture in Early Modern Europe
-Break Ranks! Antimilitarism, Pacifism and Resistance to War
-Literature, Politics, and Identity in Interwar Europe
-Print Culture and the Book in the Nineteenth Century

Information for international students

If you have studied outside of the UK, and are unsure whether your qualification meets the above requirements, please visit our country pages:

https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/entryrequirementsandyourcountry/ for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/.

If you do not meet the above IELTS requirements, you may be able to take part in one of our Pre-session English and Academic Study Skills courses:


These specialist courses are designed to help students meet the English language requirements for their intended programme of study.

Fees and funding

For eligible students, there are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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