History (Holocaust and Genocide Studies) MA, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to explore the cultural history and memory of crimes against humanity.

Department
History

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

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

History website

Course description

Course description

This course is run by the internationally recognised Stanley Burton Centre for Holocaust and Genocide Studies (SBC), established thirty years ago as the first research centre of its kind at a British university. Based in the History department but avowedly interdisciplinary, the SBC is unique in its focus on the cultural history and memory of genocide, as well as its longstanding commitment to advancing research in Holocaust Studies and the history of mass violence. With the support of our core team of research-active specialist historians, you will study how genocide comes about in different chronological and geographical contexts, and how societies and individuals come to terms with violence. A strong comparative element will encourage students to reflect on similarities and differences between different genocides and how societies experienced them.  

This 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 Holocaust and Genocide Studies specialist pathway of our History MA, your degree certificate will read 'MA History (Holocaust and Genocide Studies). 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.

Download a prospectus (PDF, 950KB)

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.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee.

Starting in September 2019

  • £7,835

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

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.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

Our MA course will offer you a very 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 large-scale research project

As a postgraduate student in the department, you will also have the opportunity to plan meetings and conferences and get involved with the intellectual community of historians at Leicester.

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.

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 mainly through seminars which will typically involve five to ten students. Depending on the options taken, you may also take part in visits to local and national archives or trips to sites of historical relevance to the course. You will be encouraged to attend specialist workshops and research seminars run by the department.

Each module is assessed by coursework that takes a variety of forms and includes group work as well as individual assignments. You will complete a dissertation of 15,000 words, working closely with your research supervisor.

If you are enrolling as a part-time student, the requirements of the course are spread over two years. You will complete a dissertation in your second year.

All modules are taught to full- and part-time students together, ensuring that part-time students are integrated into the postgraduate community.

Apply now

Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Course History (Holocaust and Genocide Studies) Qualification MA Duration 1 year full-time Start Dates September each year Availability Apply Now
Course History (Holocaust and Genocide Studies) Qualification MA Duration 2 years part-time Start Dates September each year Availability Apply Now