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The Lancaster History MA is designed to foster the study of history at an advanced level and to develop skills which can be transferred into professions outside the university or which may form the basis of further research. You have a choice of four fascinating pathways:

  • Medieval and Early Modern
  • Modern
  • Heritage
  • Digital History

Each of the pathways consists of five taught modules and a 20,000 word dissertation.

The programme and the wide range of associated activities within the department combine to create a lively and enjoyable student experience and a real sense of academic community. In addition to your taught modules and supervision from our expert academics, you will be encouraged to attend research seminars, conferences, training events, reading groups and social events run by the department.

One of the key distinguishing factors about the Lancaster History MA is the option to work with heritage organisations on a work placement. Partner organisations include a wide variety of local, regional and national organisations, such as the National Trust, the Duchy of Lancaster, the Wordsworth Trust, and primary and secondary schools.

Click the ‘Visit Department’ tab to find out more about the four pathways, the application process, our placements and life as a History student at Lancaster.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.



Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

Visit the History - MA page on the Lancaster University website for more details!




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