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Full time | University of Sheffield | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Historical Research

Course type


Course Summary

Take a flexible approach to postgraduate study on this programme, which is tailored to suit your own individual research interests. It also provides excellent preparation for a future research degree in History.

Course description

This course is excellent preparation for a PhD degree in history. You can further your interests, broaden your knowledge and at the same time hone your research skills. As well as specific research training in history, you’ll also gain a broad range of transferable skills that will be of value to employers outside academia.

The flexibility of our MA programme allows you to carry out specialist research under expert supervision in a friendly and supportive environment. Core modules will develop your understanding of your chosen area of history and skills in using relevant sources, while our range of option modules allow you to focus on the particular skills that are most important to you.

We are currently proposing changes to the MA in Historical Research for 2022 entry. This includes extending the Dissertation to a 75 credit module with a 18,000 word limit, increasing the focus on independent research as preparation for PhD study. You will take 60 credits of option modules and the requirement to take at least one option module classed as 'research skills' will be removed to give you greater flexibility over your option module credits.

If these changes are approved, we will update the information on this page and contact offer-holders.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information:


Research Presentation (15 Credits) - Core
Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

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International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

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Entry requirements

A first-class BA honours degree or equivalent in history or another humanities or social science discipline. You may be asked to supply examples of previous written work. Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.