Taught course


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

Entry requirements

Normally a good undergraduate honours degree (2:1 or above), or equivalent from a university outside the UK. The Department also invites approaches from other graduates who can demonstrate suitable ability and commitment.

Months of entry


Course content

​Our MA History offers global pathways in western and non-western history right up to the present day.

From Africa through South Asia and the Middle East to Western Europe, the UK and the USA, you will discover a broad range of history, and tailor your master's degree to suit you. Our MA is ideal for any student planning to undertake doctoral research; to pursue or enhance a career in teaching and education, or engagement in media, public history, and the museum and archive sectors; or to follow their intellectual curiosity and develop their own research interests.

This course offers an opportunity to build a pathway, tailored to your personal interests, through a range of optional courses and individual research projects; including a unique pathway in public history delivered by staff actively engaged in the media and experts in material culture.

The University of Reading is ranked in the top 200 in the world for History (QS World Rankings 2023, by Subject).

You will be joining a department with a vibrant research culture, where 100% of our research is of international standing (Research Excellence Framework 2021, combining 4*, 3* and 2* submissions – History). You will be working with research-active academics, and focusing on creating a research network to support your career. This includes digital humanities and incorporating social media training for researchers and academics. The programme is delivered via flexible modes of attendance which can adapt to suit changing circumstances.

Thanks to our cooperation with other departments and external organisations as well as with the Museum of English Rural Life and the Institute of Education, you can rely on a wide range of expertise and work in a truly interdisciplinary environment.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

EU student fees

With effect from 1 August 2021, new EU students will pay international tuition fees. For exceptions, please read the UK government’s guidance for EU students.

Additional costs

Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.

Financial support for your studies

You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.

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
    36-60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Global Recruitment Team