Entry requirements

Applicants require a UK 2:1 or international equivalent in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, April, July, October

Course content

The Department of History offers research-based Masters degrees to both full-time and part-time students in a wide range of subjects relating to the faculty's fields of interest (see profile pages for more details).

This degree is particularly aimed at individuals who wish to develop advanced research skills either as a prelude to a research-based career or as training to become an academic. Unlike a taught MA, students taking an MA by Research focus entirely on developing an extended dissertation of up to 40,000 words in length - over the course of a year for full-time students or two years for part-time students.

If you have an innovative historical problem that you want to solve, we recommend that you approach a member of staff informally in the first instance. For this degree it is essential that you have a viable project of appropriate scale and scope, and this can be developed in correspondence or conversation with a potential supervisor before you make your formal application.

Operating under the close guidance of a personal supervisor, Research Masters students first design an individual research agenda, then conduct extensive primary and secondary investigations before writing up their findings.

The thesis should be considered a first step toward developing research output of genuine historical significance. As such, while counting as a research degree in its own right, the MA by research may, for suitable students, lead through the upgrading process to a transfer to the MPhil/PhD programme.

Information for international students

https://www.york.ac.uk/study/international/

Fees and funding

https://www.york.ac.uk/history/postgraduate/funding/

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Administrator
Email
history-admissions@york.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1904 322983