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The MA History is an exciting new programme that offers students a stimulating academic environment for further study and research into the past, in the inspiring historic setting of Maritime Greenwich.

Alongside the development of theoretical knowledge, research skills and new research interests, the programme also explores the diverse ways in which history is put to work in the world. The programme has an exciting range of optional areas of study, including public history, gender, empire, exploration, war, and maritime history.

This programme has been designed for graduates who may be considering embarking on a career in teaching, academic research, or in the UK's vibrant heritage sector, where a postgraduate qualification considerably enhances employability. The range of student aspirations is recognised in the optional work placement module, assessed by creative research outputs such as an exhibition or a filmed documentary.

Equally, for those wishing to progress to further postgraduate research, the MA in History will provide opportunities for intellectual development, training in source analysis and writing at an advanced level. The programme also offers heritage sector professionals opportunities for career progression within the industry.

The aims of the programme are:

To provide a stimulating academic environment for advanced study and research rooted in knowledge of the diverse and contested theoretical and practical approaches to studying and researching the past
To offer a flexible programme that can be tailored to student aspirations, be that preparation for further study or for a career in heritage, media, teaching, or elsewhere
To offer students the opportunity to develop their own specialised area of interest through independent research and/or work placement in a heritage organisation.

Assessment

Assessments include research essays, projects, proposals, source analysis, weekly reflective logs and oral presentations and a 15,000 word dissertation based on primary research on a topic of their choice, in consultation with their supervisor.

Career options

Graduates pursue careers in education, the heritage sector (museums, archives, galleries), journalism, political research, NGOs, media, the arts, events management, public relations, civil service and local government. It will also form an ideal basis for students who wish to pursue further postgraduate (doctoral) research.

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

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