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MA in Public History

Course Description

Why study Public History?

Most people's sense of the past comes from public history, through film and television, fiction, museums, heritage sites and memory work.

This course looks at the kinds of pasts that are produced in these popular forms. It examines how they are made and the ways in which they are consumed and understood.

As part of your study you will be able to gain practical experience of working in a cultural heritage site, museum, gallery or archive.

The degree will help to prepare you for a career in public history related fields. It will also show you why the uses we make of the past are not just matters of academic interest.

Why St Mary's?

This is the only degree in the UK that is taught in partnership with The National Archives, which is a leading national and international site not just for archiving government documents, but also for engaging with the past in other forms.

You will attend workshops at The National Archives, delivered by their highly experienced staff and drawing on their wealth of original materials.

With the St Mary's campus located in South-West London, we also have excellent opportunities for field visits, and unrivalled links for volunteering and work experience with Hampton Court Palace, Strawberry Hill House, Turner's House, Sir John Soane Museum and Orleans House Gallery.

The degree is taught by historians with a strong record of publication and high-quality teaching.

What You Will Study

Full information about modules on this course can be found on the St Mary’s website:

Mode of Study:

• Full-time (One year)
• Part-time (Two years)

Also Available As:

• Postgraduate Diploma
• Postgraduate Certificate

How To Apply


Financial Information


Visit the MA in Public History page on the St Mary’s University, Twickenham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

To qualify for entry you are expected to have at least a second class honours degree, or relevant experience. The degree must be from a UK or overseas university, or the equivalent. Candidates with professional qualifications in an associated area will also be considered.

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