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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    History & Archaeology

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full Time: 12 months | Part Time: 24 months | Flexible 36-60 months

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    25 March 2019

From Africa through South Asia and the Middle East, the MA History offers a wide-reaching pathway in non-western history right up to the present day.

The MA is ideal for any student planning to undertake doctoral research; to pursue or enhance a career in teaching and education, or engagement in media, public history, and the museum and archive sectors; or to follow their intellectual curiosity and develop their own research interests.

This course offers an opportunity to build a pathway, tailored to your personal interests, through a range of optional courses and individual research projects; including a unique pathway in public history and art history delivered by staff actively engaged in the media and eminent art historians and experts in material culture.

You will be working with academics at the cutting edge of research in their field and focusing on creating a research network to support your career including social media training for researchers and academics. The programme is delivered via flexible modes of attendance which can adapt to suit changing circumstances.

Thanks to our cooperation with other departments as well as with the Museum of English Rural Life and the Institute of Education, you can rely on a wide range of expertise and work in a truly interdisciplinary environment.

What will you study?

Compulsory modules:

  • History: theory, practice and themes
  • Historical skills and resources


The list of options offered changes each year, depending on staff availability. Recent options have included:

  • Monument and memory: interpreting French Romanesque and Gothic architecture
  • Radicalism and republicanism in the English Revolution
  • The reformation of belief, c.1450-1650
  • Revolutionary thinking, c 1640-60
  • Case studies in French history
  • Case studies in Italian history
  • Slavery: power, resistance and gender in the American south, c.1815-1865
  • A new Jerusalem: Labour Party history to 1940
  • The twentieth century countryside: Agriculture, environment and people
  • Cold War cultures
  • Britain and European integration since 1945
  • US and China during the Cold War
  • Violence and Conflict in twentieth century Africa

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.

What career can you have?

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!