English Local History and Family 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.

Course Description

The course combines a systematic training in historical research techniques with the study of a range of major local historical themes and the chance to undertake an individually researched dissertation.

This degree provides you with training, up to research level, in the 'Leicester' approach to English Local History. You will look in depth at the interaction between society and landscape and use comparative methods to test hypotheses and interpretations, which might include comparisons with places outside the British Isles.

Through lectures, seminars, group work and field study trips, you will develop a deeper knowledge of comparative landscape and community, with emphasis on cultural regions, historical ecology and regional identities.

The course consists of four core modules, a field course and a dissertation. During the field course, which takes place in the Midlands, you will take part in intensive study of the landscape. During the fieldwork option, you will develop your observational skills and gain an appreciation of the role that landscape and the structures of community have to play in historical enquiry.

This course can also be taken on a part-time basis over two years.

Key Facts
Start date
September each year
Department
History
Contact

+44 (0)116 252 5382
pgadmissions@le.ac.uk

Course enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 2587
historypg@le.ac.uk

History website

Why Leicester?

History at Leicester is home to two highly regarded postgraduate research centres, the Centre for English Local History and the Centre for Urban History, which deliver our specialist MAs.

Our masters programmes offer a great deal of flexibility as all courses, with the exception of the MA in European Urbanisation, are available on a full- or part- time basis.

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

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.

Course Structure

Core modules

Core modules

Core modules

Plus either Medieval Landscapes, 400-1500 or Family History

Plus your Dissertation 

The 20,000-word dissertation will allow you to explore a research topic of your own choice under the supervision of one of our expert academics. Our staff specialisms reflect the diversity of regions and approaches covered by the MA.


Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Option modules

Option modules

Choose one option modules from:

You also have the option of substituting one of these option modules for one from History or Urban History.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Field trips

The field course is a one-week residential course which takes place in a region outside the East Midlands and involves intensive study of the landscape. You will take part in a Saturday school just before the field course to allow you to prepare for the study week. 

Teaching and Assessment

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 20,000 word dissertation of your own choosing which will be supervised by a member of staff.

Assessment is by essays, assignments and projects, and your 20,000 word dissertation.

Research Stories

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

  • Starting in 2016

    • £7,500

    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.

    The Thaxted Society is offering sponsorship for a student on this course, starting in September 2016, who will focus their project on the town of Thaxted in Essex.

    Find out more about scholarships and funding

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee.

    Rupert and Babette Evans MA Bursaries: two £4,000 bursaries available to postgraduate history students starting in October 2016. Deadline: 29 July 2016

     

  • Starting in 2016

    • £14,105

    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.

    Rupert and Babette Evans MA Bursaries: two £4,000 bursaries available to postgraduate history students starting in October 2016. Deadline: 29 July 2016

Career Opportunities

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.

Careers

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.

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
English Local History and Family History MA 1 year full-time September each year Apply Now
English Local History and Family History MA 2 years part-time September each year Apply Now
Course
English Local History and Family History
Qualification
MA
Duration
1 year full-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability
Course
English Local History and Family History
Qualification
MA
Duration
2 years part-time
Start Dates
September each year
Availability

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