Entry requirements

Normally a first or upper second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. It is the programme's policy to interview all applicants either in person or, where not possible, via Skype.

Months of entry


Course content

MA History at Winchester concentrates on different geographical scales of history, including local and global perspectives. It allows students the opportunity to engage with a range of approaches to the study of history, examining a range of historical subjects from the
early middle ages to the present.

The programme offers introductory elements which explore historical methods and research skills, in-depth topic-based modules and the opportunity to devise and develop a specialist dissertation.

The Approaches to the Past Module, which runs in the first semester for all new students, provides guidance on the different approaches to the study of history, including geographical scales of study and disciplinary approaches.

Research training for the dissertation is provided in a specialist module through a blend of electronic learning and face-to-face contact, which helps the students through a range of research tasks associated with the development of the dissertation. This leads to a Day Conference (Independent Study Presentation), in which students showcase their dissertation plans and their development, and debate themes in the study of history with external speakers.

During the final summer of studies students complete a 20,000 word dissertation, with specialist supervision

Core modules:

  • Approaches to the Past (Introductory Module)
  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Independent Study Presentation

Each semester the programme will offer a number of Special Studies modules (normally between 3 and 5) covering different historical periods. This means that a particular special study you're keen to take may not run. The minimum number of students on a module is normally 4, and when this threshold is not reached the special study module may be withdrawn from the selection. The Special Studies will be chosen from the list of modules currently validated:

Special Studies modules include:

  • The History of Anglo-Saxon Wessex
  • Medieval Government
  • Female Rule in the Pre-modern Mediterranean
  • Gender and History 1500-Present
  • Medicine and Society in Southern England 1550-1700
  • Tudor Rebellions
  • The 'Fifteen-Year War' and Public Memory in Post-War Japan
  • 'The Good War': The United States and World War II
  • Soviet History through Film
  • Reading and Writing the Holocaust: Historiography, Memory and Representation, 1945 to the Present
  • The Culture of Defeat

Students attend lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, a day conference and excursions. The teaching team is made up of highly respected and experienced researchers.

Assessment on the programme is largely by written assignments, usually a 4,000 word essay, and this applies to most modules. The dissertation is a substantial piece of independent research with full tutorial support. For this, students are required to write around 20,000 words on a subject of their choice covered by their study.

Graduates work in teaching, archives, libraries, government and civil service, museums and conservation. The programme provides a firm foundation for undertaking a postgraduate research degree or further training.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent approved test is required. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

UK students
September 2017 Entry Full-time | £5,000
International students
September 2017 Entry Full-time | £11,200

Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries and Applications
+44 (0) 1962 827234