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  MA Historical Research


University of Sheffield    Department of History

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time Award winner
Education (11) History & Archaeology (19)

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Embark on a transformative academic journey with the MA Historical Research programme at Sheffield. Tailored to pave the way for future PhD pursuits, this course offers a flexible curriculum allowing you to delve into your historical passions under expert guidance. From in-depth research to honing essential skills, the programme equips you with a profound understanding of historical methodologies and approaches. Engage with a diverse range of historical themes spanning across continents and centuries, from ancient civilisations to modern-day events. The dissertation component provides a platform for independent research, priming you for advanced academic endeavours. With a focus on transferable skills, including public history modules and work placements, graduates are well-equipped for diverse career paths. Join a vibrant postgraduate community, where challenging perspectives and expanding horizons are the norm. Elevate your academic prowess with a first-class undergraduate honours degree in history or related humanities or social sciences.

About the course

Designed to support your preparation for future PhD study, this course offers a flexible approach to MA study that you can tailor to suit your own research interests.

The flexibility of our MA in Historical Research means you can carry out specialist research under expert supervision in a friendly and supportive environment. The course is carefully designed to develop your understanding of your chosen area of history at the same time as honing your research skills. 

You can work with historians who are engaged in cutting-edge research across time and space: from 1000 BCE right up to the twenty-first century and encompassing the history of Britain, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Southern and Eastern Asia and America..

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Entry Requirements

First-class undergraduate honours degree in history or another humanities or social sciences subject.


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Anna Edwards

I chose to stay at Sheffield for postgraduate study because I already had amazing and helpful tutors who I knew could support me through my Master's degree.

The MA programme has really allowed me to grow as a person and as a historian, giving me the opportunity to revisit topics I loved during my A-level study and undergraduate degree and discover new ones, all within a supportive and inclusive environment.

The research seminars have been a great way to meet historians from other universities and gain experience of what it's like at an academic conference. My time as an academic rep has really added to my experience of the MA programme, staff really do listen to what students have to say, and I feel as if I've really had an opportunity to make a difference.

As an equality, diversity and inclusion rep in the history department, I've also had the opportunity to see behind the scenes and witness the genuine effort staff make to gather and respond to feedback about how to make the university more inclusive.

Read Anna's full profile on our website: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/postgraduate/masters/students/anna-edwards

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