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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary

This course offers an exciting and wide-ranging programme, teaching within a friendly and supportive department, and access to London's unrivalled research archives, libraries and museums. A choice of taught modules is built around our research expertise in 20th-century and contemporary Britain, modern international and imperial history, and the 18th-century and French Revolutionary period. The course is also tailored to your interests and needs, with full- and part-time routes, and a dissertation on your own research interest. Benefit from London's vast range of historical centres, museums and resources, including the National Archives at nearby Kew and the British Library, and from access to cultural and policy-making figures working in the capital. Be taught in our friendly and supportive environment, in small groups, and with one to one supervision for your dissertation on a research project of your choice. Engage with our programme of eminent visiting speakers, who give talks on their latest historical research. Develop your historical skills, such as using archives and exploring history through ICT. Also, contribute to our department's highly active history blog.

Different course options

Full time | Penrhyn Road Campus | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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This module is the culmination of your study and research on the MA. It provides you with an opportunity for intensive and detailed research-based exploration of your chosen topic under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor with expertise in their field. You will receive guidance on producing a research proposal and a literature review, and on analysing key historical debates and interpretations of their topic. Together with the skills learned in the core module, this will enable you to construct a plan of research on which to base a dissertation. Students following the public history route may choose to vary the format of their dissertation and produce an analysis of a practice-based project or examples of public history such as museums, film, television, heritage trails, websites or historic houses.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a good honours degree or equivalent in history, English or a related subject.

University information

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