History (Local History) MA, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you are fascinated by regional identities, society and landscape, and historical ecology and you wish to learn historical research techniques.

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History

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Course description

Course description

This course is run by our internationally acclaimed Centre for English Local History (ELH), established in 1948. Our research centre advances the study of academic local history across England and Wales. You will study in-depth the interaction between society, families and landscape and use comparative methods to test hypotheses and interpretations, which might include comparisons with places outside of the British Isles. Studying this pathway will allow you to explore a variety of topics including regional identities, society and landscape, historical ecology, family and community history, and cultural regions.

The course will allow you to expand and deepen your historical knowledge and develop advanced research skills. We have a very strong tradition of pioneering fresh approaches in History from the local to the global. With over thirty research historians working in various fields, we offer expert supervision and a wealth of options. 

If you choose the Local History specialist pathway of our History MA, your degree certificate will read 'MA History (Local History)'. Alternatively you can opt for one of the other pathways or the standard History MA:

The MA degree will enhance your attractiveness to employers and equip you with the necessary training and experience to continue research at doctoral level. You will be encouraged to develop an independent approach to research and critical reflection.

The course can also be studied part-time over two years.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

2:1 degree in history or another relevant discipline.

We also welcome applicants who do not have a degree but who can show enthusiasm and competence by having attended relevant certificated courses, by submitting published work or by writing qualifying essays to a first degree standard.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2019

  • £7,835

Scholarships

We regularly offer fee bursaries for our MA degrees. The Friends of the Centre for English Local History offer a number of bursaries each year. English Local History students can also apply to the Hoskins Duffield fund for assistance with their expenses while studying. Further information is available on the History website.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible.

International Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2019

  • £16,100

Scholarships

We regularly offer fee bursaries for our MA degrees. The Friends of the Centre for English Local History offer a number of bursaries each year. English Local History students can also apply to the Hoskins Duffield fund for assistance with their expenses while studying. Further information is available on the History website.

You will need to pay a deposit of £2,000 to secure your place. This will be subtracted from your total tuition fee.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Rupert and Babette Evans MA Bursaries: two £4,000 bursaries available to postgraduate history students.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our MA course will offer you a strong competitive advantage and career choices and your future salary can be considerably enhanced by postgraduate qualifications.

A postgraduate degree in history provides you with a wide range of skills including:

  • critical analysis of textual, visual, and material evidence
  • statistical analysis and database design
  • advanced written and oral presentation skills
  • time management and independent working on a significant research project.

As a postgraduate student in the department, you will also have the opportunity to plan meetings and conferences, as well as possible opportunities for teaching and demonstrating to undergraduate students.

Our Career Development Service is here to support you, with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience, volunteering and more. From Freshers’ Week to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Why Leicester?

History at Leicester is home to three highly regarded postgraduate research centres - the Centre for English Local History, the Centre for Urban History and the Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies - which deliver our specialist pathway MAs.

Our Masters programmes offer a great deal of flexibility as all courses are available on a full- or part- time basis.

We are home to the hugely popular and successful New History Lab. The lab was set up by postgraduates for postgraduates to provide an interactive forum to discuss history and share ideas.

We have dedicated postgraduate facilities, including audio suites, a map room, and specialist libraries covering local and urban history.

Teaching and learning

You will be taught through a wide range of lecture classes, seminars, practical classes, tutorials, day-trips in the field, a one-week residential field course, and a 15,000 word dissertation of your own choosing which will be supervised by a member of staff.

Assessment is by essays, assignments and projects, and your dissertation.

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