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Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) in history or a related subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA will help you develop the sophisticated analytical skills to understand the past, while permitting you to specialise in particular period or to explore a variety of different chronological spans. It is designed to encourage both a broad engagement with historiography and research skills.

During the course, you will build on historical enthusiams developed during your undergraduate degree, taking you to a higher level of understanding and comprehension. A specially-tailored core Research Methods module gives you the chance to develop research skills through hands-on sessions in the archives and to determine the theoretical and methodological approaches that best match your chosen dissertation topic. The dissertation itself – taking advantage of expert supervision within the department – allows students to immerse themselves in primary sources and sophisticated debates.

In your first semester, alongside Research Methods, you choose from team-taught broad modules, permitting you to see different experts’ perspectives on a carefully chosen menu of topics, covering a wide chronological and geographical range, and building on the research expertise of a department in which 98% of all published material in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 assessment was considered internationally recognised. The small group sizes encourage discussion and debate in a friendly and supportive environment, and give you the chance to address topics in a more critical fashion than is often possible at undergraduate level. You also have the opportunity to study modules offered in a wide-range of cognate disciplines, as well as developing specific skills (including languages and paleography).

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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