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History - MA by Research


University of York Department of History

Full time & Part time See Course MA 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

About the course

The Department of History offers research-based Masters degrees to both full-time and part-time students in a wide range of subjects relating to the faculty's fields of interest (see profile pages for more details).

This degree is particularly aimed at individuals who wish to develop advanced research skills either as a prelude to a research-based career or as training to become an academic. Unlike a taught MA, students taking an MA by Research focus entirely on developing an extended dissertation of up to 40,000 words in length - over the course of a year for full-time students or two years for part-time students.

If you have an innovative historical problem that you want to solve, we recommend that you approach a member of staff informally in the first

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Entry Requirements

Individuals planning to apply for research-based degrees are encouraged to contact the member of our staff most closely affiliated with their research interests in the first instance. Please include: A one to two page research proposal that is as specific as possible; An explanation of your background in the proposed area of research; A piece of written work, if feasible. This will enable the member of staff to advise you on whether they would be willing and able to supervise the project. We are always happy to discuss ideas to help candidates refine their proposal and improve chances of funding.


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