Taught course


University of Northampton · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a second class degree in History or related discipline. We also welcome applications from 'non-standard entrants', including those with experiential learning. Our practice of interviewing all applicants ensures that each has the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to complete the programme successfully.

Months of entry

October, February

Course content

This postgraduate course is designed for students who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of history across a range of periods, regions and theoretical perspectives.

The MA in History provides students with opportunities to study the subject at an advanced level. It allows students to undertake detailed study of a range of periods and processes – from Britain’s experience of warfare to the material culture of the English country house. By studying particular topics in depth, students are encouraged to think not only about the diversity of the past, but also how history itself is constructed. Students will develop the skills necessary to understand, critique, utilise and communicate concepts and theories used within the discipline of History. They will acquire methodological skills for historical research, particularly the selection, evaluation and interpretation of primary sources.

The course comprises 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation. Students must take the History Research Methods module and complete a dissertation. The remainder of the programme is made up from a selection of specialist modules (normally three 30 credit modules) which reflect staff expertise.

Full time students take 60 credits in each of the first two trimesters, running from September to January and February to May. They then complete their dissertation over the spring and summer trimesters, from February to September.

Part time students take 60 credits of modules in their first year (normally two 30 credit modules in each of the first two trimesters) and 60 credits of modules in their second years, plus the 60 credit dissertation.

Modules are normally fourteen weeks in duration - alternating fortnightly between evening classes on campus (typically 6pm to 9pm on a weekday) and online learning activities. Students are also encouraged to attend the History Research Seminar, which runs monthly in the evening. All students must take History Research Methods before proceeding to their dissertation.

Course modules (16/17):

History Research Methods (Core module Y)

British Colonialism and Islamic Politics, c. 1800-1970 (Core module N)

Men at Arms: Masculinity and War in Britain, 1756-1918 (Core module N)

Consumption and the Country House, 1660-1830 - Core module N

Exploring English Society, 1500-1750 (Core module N)

Medicine and Healing Through the Ages (Core module N)

Violence and the Law in English Society (Core module N)

Britain and the First World War (Core module N)

From Privilege to Pressure: English Landed Society, 1850-1950 (Core module N)

Breeding Supermen: Eugenics in Britain, America and Germany (Core module N)

Narrating the Nation: Rethinking Modern British History (Core module N)

Dissertation (Core module Y)

Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Britain from 1945 to the Present Day (Core module N)

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment70
Dissertation30 (20000 words)

Course contact details

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