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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary


Reasons to study History MA at DMU:

A flexible structure to studying
the course has four core modules and a dissertation that develops your History skills through training in historical debates, historiography and the use of primary sources, along with close supervision and mentoring. You can choose to develop your own lines of enquiry or work on historical topics more broadly, with a range of projects which can be tailored to your interests.
Research-rich learning environment
with historians who have a passion for their research and teaching. Specialisms range from the medieval Indian Ocean, modern Britain and Europe, Colonial History, Sports History and Photographic History. Please visit the Institute of History to see individual staff research interests.
Give your career an edge
by developing your research and transferable skills through the study of historical sources and methods; practical training in writing for publication, teaching and research, presentations and event management, providing you with skills in teaching, publishing, research and managing cultural events
Preparation for further study
as the MA, with its focus on individual research, provides ideal preparation for progression to PhD. The enhanced qualification in History can also contribute to further study in education (PGCE) and heritage and archive studies
Participate in the DMU research community
through open seminars and conferences organized in the History subject area, including the History Research Seminars, Cultural Exchanges week events, International Centre for Sports History and Cultures, Photographic History Research Centre and the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre.

Teaching and assessments

The aim of the MA History programme is to develop both generic and subject-specific skills, ensuring that each module develops skills that will contribute to the following module. The course consists of 180 credits with four 30-credit modules followed by a 60-credit dissertation, moving from taught to research-based study.

Graduate careers

The MA History programme is designed to both enhance your generic skills and knowledge to put you in a better position to enter professions such as teaching, museums and archives, project management, marketing or other professions. The subject specialisms and independent research will form the basis of progressing onto a PhD.

Different course options

Full time | Leicester Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This module provides an introduction to Public History and Heritage. It will develop your knowledge about the debates, theoretical underpinnings and development of public history and heritage in both the UK and the wider world. It will enable you to engage in debates around how public history is constructed, contested and represented in society. It examines the growth in the heritage industry and considers the ways in which the digital age has impacted upon the development and growth of this sector. The module also brings together an array of industry specialists to provide a practical and theoretical approach to teaching and learning on this module.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

You should have the equivalent of a 2.2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree. If you have other professional qualifications and/or industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

University information

De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) postgraduate courses receive continual input from leading employers and professional bodies and are underpinned by excellent research. The university strives to build what employers need: work-ready graduates with professional experience and industry skills on their CVs. Postgraduate courses are career-focused, with UK and overseas placements, internships, targeted training, coaching and research...more

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