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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course type


Course Summary

The History MA is designed for students who want to further their historical skills and work on a special project of their own interest. This course provides an opportunity to develop advanced History skills through training in historical debates, historiography and the use of primary sources, along with close supervision of a topic of your own choosing. This course is developed through study of historical sources and methods; practical training in writing for publication, teaching and research, presenting work and event management, providing you with skills in teaching, publishing, research and managing cultural events.

The History MA offers the best of both taught and research-focused postgraduate courses, enabling students to concentrate on their chosen assessments and individual interests while teaching them the practical skills involved in History and Humanities research, ranging from first-hand experience of conference management, presenting work and writing for publication. It is an ideal stepping-stone to either research at PhD level or a career in teaching, publishing, research or event management. The focus on individual choice, developing your own specialisms, enables you to produce your best possible work.

The aim of the masters programme is to develop your skills from module to module, 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. You commence the course with two taught modules, in History research methodologies and in Public History and Heritage. In the second term, you are trained in conference planning and presentation in which you will participate in the organisation and delivery of a Humanities conference in which you may have the opportunity to present your work. An MA is highly respected by employers. Students who have completed a History MA typically have gone into a range of careers, including teaching, marketing and PhD research.

Different course options

Full time | Leicester Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module provides an introduction to advanced historiography. It will develop students? knowledge of traditional historiographical concerns alongside current trends and new directions in writing and thinking about the past. It also aims to enable students to think critically about the way historians have formulated research questions, used sources, and written history, across time and place. It will help students to build up an informed knowledge of recent developments in historical thinking as well as a history of the discipline of History itself. There will be a strong global element to the curriculum.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have the equivalent of a 2.2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree. If students have other professional qualifications and/or industry experience we will consider their application on an individual basis. As they will be working largely independently, they need to be self-motivated and have good time management skills.