This flexible course brings together a team of distinguished tutors and a rich field of optional course units. The MA has been specially devised to study the theories, concepts and practical skills that underpin the powerful discipline of history when studied at an advanced level.
You will select your own optional units to make a bespoke course – whether with a broader/thematic or more concentrated focus, depending on your individual interests. You will also take a methodology unit and a skills unit which includes visiting speakers from the fields of archives, museums, publishing and the media. Finally, the dissertation gives you the opportunity to undertake original research on a topic of your own choice, under individual supervision.
This is an attractive advanced qualification, especially suitable if you are seeking employment in fields involving the professional creation, evaluation and dissemination of knowledge. It is also ideal if you are intending to proceed to the MPhil leading to a PhD in History.
- You will have the opportunity to study units from across all MA History options, giving you the chance to tailor your course to suit your interests (options include some courses taught at other London colleges).
- You will have access to some of the richest facilities for historical research anywhere in the world; in addition to the College’s substantial library collections, there are the National Archives, British Library and libraries of the University of London.
- Our academic staff are at the leading edge of their research and as such offer you an exceptional variety of expertise.
- We host an exciting range of research seminars that are open for you to participate in.
Department research and industry highlights
Noted for depth, breadth and innovation, the research output of Royal Holloway historians ranges from ancient to contemporary times, from Britain and Europe to America, the Middle and Far East and Australia, and from political history to economic, social, cultural, intellectual, medical, environmental, and gender history. In particular, the History Department has special strengths in social, cultural, and gender history, and in the history of ideas - with research that covers a notable range of countries, periods, and approaches.
We have a number of research centres: - Bedford Centre for the History of Women - 1970s Network - Research Centre for the Holocaust and Twentieth-Century History - Hellenic Institute - Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior
On completion of the course graduates will have:
- a high level of skill in the research, analysis and presentation of complex/fragmentary data
- an advanced knowledge and critical understanding of the major concepts and theories that inform the subject
- an understanding of the various explanations and theories for change and continuity in history
- an understanding of the underlying social, cultural, economic, religious, ideological and political changes occurring during the periods studied.
Assessment is carried out by a variety of methods including coursework and a dissertation.
Employability & career opportunities
Our graduates are highly employable and, in recent years have entered roles such as university lecturer, archivist, curator, journalist, librarian, PR consultant, teacher, freelance researcher, radio producer and a wide variety of other jobs within the ‘knowledge industries’. This course also equips you with a solid foundation for continued PhD studies.