MA, 1-2 years, full- or part-time

This is for you if... you want to expand the depth of your historical knowledge and develop advanced skills in historical research.

Course Description

The MA in History provides you with the opportunity to pursue an extensive range of historical topics and will equip you with advanced research skills. The course will allow you to expand the breadth of your historical knowledge by selecting from options which have a wide chronological range and international scope.

You will develop a thorough grounding in research methods and learn about the key theoretical traditions that have influenced the writing of history in the 20th century through our core options of Historical Research Methods and History and Social Theory. Our range of option modules within Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History will allow you to gain an in-depth knowledge of a number of specific aspects of the past.

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

Our MA is divided equally between two core research training modules and two option modules selected from a list, plus a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation. The course can also be studied part-time over two years.

Key Facts
Start date
October each year
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Why Leicester?

The School of History 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.

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

The School is 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

Teaching and Assessment

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 School.

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 to 20,000 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. Some modules are available in the evening for those who need to fit their studies around working hours and other commitments.

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 for 2015

  • Starting in 2015

    • £5,470

  • Starting in 2015

    • £13,500

Career Opportunities

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 school, you will also have the opportunity to plan meetings and conferences, as well as possible opportunities for teaching and demonstrating to undergraduate students.


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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
History MA 1 year full-time October Apply Now
History MA 2 years part-time October Apply Now
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