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 History University of Essex Tel: 01206 872302 Local and Regional History 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 Liverpool 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 Worcester 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. …