Research course


University of Lincoln · Lincoln School of Humanities and Heritage
MA by research

Entry requirements

First or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA by Research in History is designed for students who are keen to undertake an in-depth research project of their choice, and is best-suited for students who have a tightly defined research project that is achievable within the time frame. Under the guidance of an academic supervisory team, you are expected to write a dissertation of around 25,000 words that demonstrates expert knowledge and understanding of the subject area you have chosen.

Students can benefit from the expertise of academic staff at Lincoln who are leading researchers, authors, and editors of books, contributors to international research projects and conferences, broadcasters, conservators, and experts in heritage.

The city of Lincoln is rich in history and heritage making it the perfect setting in which to conduct historical research. Students can benefit from the historical resources available in the city, including at the International Bomber Command Centre, and The Wren Library at Lincoln Cathedral, which houses several thousand early modern books.

As a postgraduate research student, you are encouraged to participate in the School of Humanities and Heritage's lively research culture of research seminars and events, as well as postgraduate forums and social events.

Department specialisms

Example research areas include: Roman and Byzantine history Medieval ecclesiastical history 20th Century British political history History and culture in the 19th Century Gender history Urban history

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: for information on equivalent qualifications.

Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page:

For further advice on IELTS and the support available, please contact the International College by email at

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 by research
    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

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