Postgraduate programmes

History at Leicester has a thriving postgraduate community. We offer a variety of degrees, which reflect the expertise of our staff, allowing us to offer a diverse teaching programme and support a large and vibrant research culture.

Our postgraduate degrees are challenging, rewarding and are designed to develop skills which will enhance your career prospects. Our PhD students have been on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme which has given them the opportunity to work with external organisations such as English Heritage, Victoria County History Trust and the Society of Apothecaries.

Postgraduate scholarships are available for Masters students. The Masters Excellence Scholarships are available to new UK/EU applicants registering for a full- or part-time, campus-based Masters degree. 

All our postgraduate degrees are campus-based and taught via full- or part-time study.

Available degrees

History 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.

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.

History (Urban History) MA
1-2 years, full- or part-time
This is for you if... you want to study the history of urban culture and society at a specialist research centre of international academic excellence.

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.

Urban Conservation MA
1-2 years, full- or part-time
This is for you if... you want to increase your historical knowledge of cities, conservation and heritage and apply your learning in a practical setting.

History MRes
1-2 years, full- or part-time
This is for you if... you want to develop advanced skills in historical research methods and apply these to an extended piece of independent research.

The Rupert and Babette Evans MA Bursary

A £4,000 maintenance bursary is available due to the generosity of the Evans Bequest, established in honour of two distinguished Leicester historians, Rupert and Babette Evans.

Eligibility

Applicants must have a first-class degree in History or a related discipline, and must be applying to study either full-time or part-time on one of the School’s Masters programmes from October 2020:

  • MA History
  • MRes History (Masters by Research)

Selection criteria

Applications for the bursary will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • The quality of the student, including the candidate’s past academic performance, likely future performance, and the relevant skills and experience.
  • The suitability of the chosen programme or pathway in light of the candidate’s existing knowledge and skills.
  • The coherence and viability of the dissertation proposal, including whether the department can offer appropriate supervision.
  • The case made for how MA study will support progression to study at doctoral level.

Applications

Applicants must submit a two-page CV together with a one-page statement. In their statement, applicants should explain how their chosen modules and pathways and proposed dissertation topic will prepare them for doctoral study, as well as indicating the possible area of focus for doctoral work. If possible, applicants should also identify the significance of their proposed MA topic and some of the key research questions that they intend to address in the course of the dissertation.

Applications should be submitted to hypirpg@le.ac.uk

Deadline: Friday 14 August 2020

Enquiries

Enquiries about the MA programmes can be directed to hypirpg@le.ac.uk or to our PGT Director, Professor John Coffey.