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MA in History

Course Description

If you have a passion for history and are looking for an intellectual challenge, this fascinating MA course could be what you are looking for. It explores aspects of British and Irish local and regional history between 1750 and 1950, introducing the key themes of Poverty and welfare, Crime, Police and Penal Policy, The role of families, Urban History, Religion and Industrialisation. Using our world-class collection of online primary source materials, you will be encouraged to produce an independent research project on a topic of your choice.

Key features of the course

•Develops your ability to present a sustained argument in clear, logical prose
•Builds your skills of analysis, critical thinking and practical research
•Provides a firm foundation for further research studies
•Applicable to a wide range of careers.

This qualification is eligible for a Postgraduate Loan available from Student Finance England.


To gain this qualification, you need 180 credits as follows:

Compulsory modules

• MA History part 1 (A825)
• MA History part 2 (A826)

You must pass A825 before studying A826.

The modules quoted in this description are currently available for study. However, as we review the curriculum on a regular basis, the exact selection may change over time.

Visit the MA in History page on the Open University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sophie Hearn

2337.jpg I chose The Open University to study with as I have two young children. When my youngest was almost one I decided to take the plunge and fulfill a long held ambition to do a Masters in History. Studying with the OU meant there was a lot more flexibility about when, where and how to study. I have always been an admirer of the OU, I like its inclusive ethos.

My tutors were very helpful and supportive, they were always available for advice or last minute essay crises! The materials were very good and, perhaps because it’s distance learning, more thorough than other course materials that I have come across at conventional universities. The support system at the OU is also very good, for example, support for study skills and the careers service.

My main challenge whilst studying was combining it with looking after my children. Sometimes I wondered how on earth I could fit all my commitments into the time available. I would say that the most important thing an OU student needs is supportive family. Being an OU student requires great time management skills and a certain amount of sacrifice; you have to learn to prioritize effectively. It is certainly not an easy option, the standard demanded of students is extremely high. However, this means that when you get your qualification you know just how much of an achievement it is.

The relief I felt when I handed in my final piece of work was immense. Sometimes I’d thought I’d never get there. After an anxious wait for my results, I felt the most incredible sense of achievement and pride when I got them. I had started the course very nervously, worried that I didn’t have what it takes to do a Masters, when I saw that I had got a distinction I was utterly delighted. Going to the graduation ceremony was great and marked the end of the journey beautifully, it was the cherry on the cake.

Getting my Masters has given me a tremendous amount of confidence and I am actively starting to job seek. I think that my MA will stand me in good stead with prospective employers, show them that I have gained and not lost skills in my time out of the workplace. I hope that it will enable me to get the job I have always wanted, working in a museum or archive.


Entry Requirements

You will ideally need to have an undergraduate UK honours degree (or equivalent) in history or a closely related subject. You should be aware that a degree of at least 2.1 or equivalent will greatly increase your chances of successfully completing the MA. It is expected that your spoken and written English will also be of an adequate standard for postgraduate study. If you do not have a degree or background in History (or similar), you are strongly recommended to complete some preparatory work before beginning the qualification.Please visit our website for more information on entry requirements.

Last Updated

10 January 2017

Course Fees

UK £5,762 (fees can vary depending on which modules you choose).

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