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History, MA by Research

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

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Course type


Course Summary


An MA by Research in History enables you to undertake a substantial research project, led by your own historical passions and interests.

Your project will take one year full-time or two years part-time. It is suitable if you want to undertake a first research degree as an isolated culmination of taught studies, or if you are considering further research in form of a PhD.

Supervised by an expert, you will submit a thesis of up to 40,000 words, demonstrating original research with a significant contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the past. This is followed by an oral examination of the thesis (a viva voce examination, or viva).

We specialise in medieval, early modern and modern history including British, European and Global History. The research of our staff and postgraduates is integral to the life of the department, making Swansea a dynamic and stimulating place to study.

The Department of History organises a large number of seminars, conferences, and other research activities which you are able to attend to enhance your research project.

A number of research groups also offer focus and community for staff and postgraduates:

• The Richard Burton Centre for the Study of Wales
• The Health, History and Culture Research Group (HHCRG)
• The Conflict, Reconstruction and Memory Research Group (CRAM)
• The Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Research (MEMO)
• The Centre for research into Gender in Culture and Society (GENCAS)

You will develop and hone research skills needed for high-level work in the field of history, while skills and training programmes available on campus provide further support. You will have the opportunity to deliver presentations to research students and staff at departmental seminars, and at the College of Arts and Humanities Postgraduate conference.

Different course options

Full time | Singleton Park Campus | 1 year | 01-JUL-20

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Full time


1 year

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Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

MA by Research - You should hold or expect to achieve a minimum of an upper second class honours degree (2:1), or equivalent, in a related subject or hold relevant work experience. Applicants to this programme would normally be expected to meet the minimum entry requirements indicated above. The College/School reserves the right to ask for higher academic grades and qualifications. Admissions decisions take into account not only prior academic qualifications, but also factors including the standard of the research synopsis/proposal submitted by the applicant, their performance at interview (if required), intensity of competition for limited places and relevant professional experience (where appropriate). As well as academic qualifications, Admissions decisions may be based on other factors, including (but not limited to): the standard of the research synopsis/proposal, performance at interview, intensity of competition for limited places, and relevant professional experience.