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History - MA

Course Description

About the course:
-Build a pathway, tailored to your personal and professional interests, through a range of optional modules and individual research projects
-Includes a unique pathway in public history and public engagement delivered by staff actively engaged in the media and eminent researchers in material culture
-Focus on building your own research network and engagement in social media
-Work with academics at the cutting edge of research


Sample modules:
-USA and China
-Early modern emotions
-Bolshevik visions
-Violence and conflict in twentieth century Africa
-Building a new Jerusalem: the emergence of the Labour Party at the turn of the twentieth century

Please note that all modules are subject to change.


Thanks to the possibility of building your own pathway within our MA programme, you can specialise in your preferred area.
You may continue your academic development with doctoral research, or pursue a career as a teacher, archivist, or in museums. Many of our students have specialised in local history and later progressed to jobs in the heritage and conservation sector.
In addition, your experience of individual research will help you to develop valuable transferable skills. You will have demonstrated your ability to understand and apply complex ideas; to collect and analyse large quantities of information; to manage your own time and motivate yourself; to construct reasoned and articulate arguments; and to reach carefully balanced judgements. This should equip you to embark upon a range of professional careers.

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

Student Profiles

Fees-only bursary - Single Award

The bursary covers the fees for one full-time student (UK/EU level).
If the successful applicant opts to register part-time or modular, the bursary will be calculated accordingly and will cover all feed for the entire degree.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All applications received before Friday 29th June 2012 will be automatically considered for a fees-only bursary (UK/EU only).

Application Procedure

All students who send their application by Friday, 29 June and are admitted to the MA programme will be considered for the bursary. No additional application is needed.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An upper second bachelor’s degree in a course with a substantial element of history is normally required (or equivalent from a university outside the UK); however, the Department also invites approaches from other graduates who can demonstrate suitable ability and commitment. IELTS: 7.0 overall with no element less than 6.0 (or equivalent).

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