Magazine article History Today

Postgraduate History

Magazine article History Today

Postgraduate History

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Whatever the object of the course, an MA can prove both stimulating and challenging, while the availability of course tutors for guidance proves reassuring to those for whom the rigours of solo research are still daunting.

The choice on offer ranges from traditional topics to some of the most experimental areas of interdisciplinary study of the past. Listed here are some of the most popular MA history courses; many require one year's full-time study (but are available on a part-time basis as well) plus a dissertation, typically of 15-30,000 words. Some, particularly local history courses, are part-time only. The listing here is not comprehensive: further details for many of these and other associated courses, and contact addresses including e-mail, can be found on our website,


Local History is a burgeoning area, and each university can offer a unique insight into the history of its local area. Courses typically cover a wide span of history, from the Middle Ages or Early Modern period until the present day. Keele, for example, explores themes such as the effects of economic slump on the local community, while Trinity College, Carmarthen, examines the notion of bro or community in southwest Wales. Many of the courses include options on research methods and approaches to landscape history.

Some local history MAs are available part-time only, so check the university department for more information.

University of Leeds    Tel: 0113 2333610    MA in Local and
                                             Regional History
Trinity College,       Tel: 01267 676767    MA in Local History:
   Carmarthen                                South West Wales
                                             since 1800
University of          Tel: 0116 252 2588   MA in English Local
   Leicester                                 History: Societies,
                                             Cultures and Nation
University of York     Tel: 01904 432957    MA/Diploma in Local
University of Essex    Tel: 01206 872302    Local and Regional
Kingston University    Tel: 020 8547 2297   MA in Local History
University of          Tel: 0121 414 5736   MA in English Local
   Birmingham                                History
Goldsmiths, Univ of    Tel: 020 7919 7493   MA in Regional and
   London                                    Local History
Bath Spa University    Tel: 01225 875741    MA in Local and
                                             Regional History
Warwick University     Tel: 01203 528903    MA in Local and
                                             Regional History
King Alfred's,         Tel: 01962 827338    MA in Regional and
   Winchester                                Local History
University of          Tel: 0151 794 2534   MA in Local History
Keele University       Tel: 01782 583195    MA in Local History
Lancaster University   Tel: 01524 592556    MA in Local and
                                             Regional History


General courses in History are usually among the most wide-ranging of all taught courses and students can normally choose from a wide variety of options.

Bristol University       Tel: 0117 928 7934   MA in History
Exeter University        Tel: 01392 264286    MA in History
Cheltenham and           Tel: 01242 532880    MA in History
  Gloucester College
UWE, Bristol             Tel: 0117 965 5384   MA in History
University College,      Tel: 01905 855303    MA in History
Open University          Tel: 01908 274066    MA in History
Staffordshire            Tel: 01782 294761    MA in Historical
  University                                  Studies
Southampton              Tel: 01703 592211    MA in Historical
  University                                  Studies
University of Stirling   Tel: 01786 467580    MA in History
Oxford Brookes           Tel: 01865 483570    MA in Historical
  University                                  Studies


One reason for undertaking a taught MA is to learn some of the basic essential skills in the practical techniques of historical research, from effective use of bibliographies, planning a research project and organising your notes, to the methods of approaching an archive and the problems of palaeography. …

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