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History MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's History MA

This MA offers a unique opportunity to combine academic study of the past with a practical focus on public history. Taught by specialist, research-active staff who are leaders in their fields, it will equip you with an understanding of cutting-edge research and debates within the discipline of history as a whole, while providing training in historical skills such as using archives and exploring history through ICT. The course also includes work placements in and visits to research archives, museums and heritage sites.

Key features

This MA will enable you to pursue studies leading to a research degree, an academic career or wider employment opportunities in the media, heritage and publishing industries.

Rich in local and nationally important heritage, Kingston University has the added advantage of proximity to London and its historic sites, museums and research resources including the National Archives at Kew, the British Library and Historic Royal Palaces. There will be opportunities for work placements within London's research archives, institutes, heritage sites and museums.

You will have full access to the University's Centre for the Historical Record, which promotes collaborative research, knowledge exchange and discussion between historians, archivists, curators, heritage providers and the public. It organises seminars and conferences and provides advice on digitisation projects. See http://www.kingston.ac.uk/historyresearch for more information.

What will you study?

You will be introduced to key debates about the theory and practice of different types of history. You will also be provided with a broad outline of a variety of research methods, and will gain the documentary and archival skills necessary to pursue a research topic of your choice. You will be taught in small groups by an expert historian in your particular topic of interest. You will be encouraged to focus on a specific area of research early in the course and will be allocated a subject supervisor who will work with you on your dissertation. Module assignments can be tailored to fit your research interests.

You may choose from two approaches:

Pursue your topic thematically through ‘The Eighteenth Century' and ‘Modern Britain and Europe' modules before taking your dissertation.


Combine the study of your chosen research topic in one of the above modules with the ‘Presenting Public History' module to discover how to communicate your research to a wider public audience. This option enables you to vary the format in which your dissertation is submitted.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core Modules

Doing History: Theory Methods and Practice
History Dissertation

Optional Modules

Modern Britain and Europe: Wars, Nations and Cultures
Presenting Public History: Policy, Heritage, Museums and the Media
The Eighteenth Century: Revolution, Empire and Society

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

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

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent in history, English or a related subject.

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