Taught course


University of Reading · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

Entry requirements

An upper second bachelor’s degree in a course with a substantial element of history is normally required (or equivalent from a university outside the UK); however, the Department also invites approaches from other graduates who can demonstrate suitable ability and commitment.

Months of entry


Course content

Study within a truly interdisciplinary environment, broaden your understanding of history and build a unique pathway for your interests and aims. Thanks to our co-operation with other departments, the Museum of English Rural Life and external organisations such as English Heritage, Parliament, the National Trust and the Wellcome Trust, our students work in a truly interdisciplinary environment and are part of a vibrant academic community. As a master’s student, you will become an important part of the Department and of the Centre for Economic History. Master’s students are involved in our research seminar series and are routinely invited to our conferences and events. We also have a dedicated postgraduate room, where master’s and doctoral students work together, exchange ideas and motivate each other.

• Build a pathway, tailored to your personal and professional interests, through a range of optional modules and individual research projects

• Includes a unique pathway in public history and public engagement delivered by staff actively engaged in the media and eminent researchers in material culture

• Focus on building your own research network and engagement in social media

• Work with academics at the cutting edge of research
Thanks to the possibility of building your own pathway within our MA programme, you can specialise in your preferred area. You may continue your academic development with doctoral research, or pursue a career as a teacher, archivist, or in museums. Many of our students have specialised in local history and later progressed to jobs in the heritage and conservation sector. In addition, your experience of individual research will help you to develop valuable transferable skills. You will have demonstrated your ability to understand and apply complex ideas; to collect and analyse large quantities of information; to manage your own time and motivate yourself; to construct reasoned and articulate arguments; and to reach carefully balanced judgements. This should equip you to embark upon a range of professional careers.

Information for international students

IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent)

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Professor Kate Williams