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  MA History (by Research)


University of York    Department of History

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

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The MA History (by Research) programme offers an exciting opportunity for individuals passionate about delving deep into historical research. This research-based degree requires the submission of a dissertation of up to 40,000 words, allowing students to explore their chosen topic in great detail. With the guidance of experienced supervisors and a Thesis Advisory Panel, students receive valuable support throughout their studies. Access to renowned libraries, archives, and research facilities further enhances the research experience. Prospective students are encouraged to contact staff members aligned with their research interests to refine their proposal. Join us on this academic journey and uncover the fascinating stories of the past.

About the course

If your passion lies in researching, our Masters by research degree provides the opportunity for academic independence. You'll focus on your individual project and have the opportunity to engage with some advanced taught modules.

Your research

The focus of your work will be an independent research project. We provide training which will equip you with skills in a wide range of research methods to support your growing expertise. Your research will culminate in a dissertation of up to 30,000 words.

You can take advantage of advanced taught modules to bolster your background knowledge in history. Your supervisor will help you to choose suitable modules at the start of your course.

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Entry Requirements

Individuals planning to apply for research-based degrees are encouraged to contact the member of our staff most closely affiliated with their research interests in the first instance. Please include:

A one to two-page research proposal that is as specific as possible.
An explanation of your background in the proposed area of research.
A piece of written work, if feasible.

This will enable the member of staff to advise you on whether they would be willing and able to supervise the project. We are always happy to discuss ideas to help candidates refine their proposal and improve chances of funding.




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