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History by Research (MA)

Course Description

The MA by Research in History is your opportunity to engage in independent study and research to produce a dissertation of 25,000 words.

The MA by Research in History is your opportunity to to conduct in-depth research on a topic of your choice, relative to an area of staff expertise.

This piece of original research will be based on primary sources. You will demonstrate an awareness of the associated historiography and an understanding of the relevant methodological or theoretical concepts.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/296-ma-history-by-research

What you will study

Your research topic will be determined in consultation with a member of the History team. More details of the team’s research interests can be found on our History Research Unit pages: http://history.research.southwales.ac.uk/people/

Once you have found and consulted with a suitable member of the History team, you will be required to write a research proposal which will serve as your application for the course.

Learning and teaching methods

Once a research area has been identified and a research programme agreed, you can begin researching and writing your dissertation. You will determine its content, development and structure in regular consultation with your dissertation supervisor. You will produce a dissertation 25,000 words in length.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

This qualification is an excellent basis for further research in history at MPhil and PhD levels. If you do not want to pursue further research, you will have gained the research skills needed for a range of careers in the arts, industry, the media, administration in the private and public sectors, or further education.

Assessment methods

The MA History by Research is assessed by a dissertation and a viva voce (oral examination). The dissertation should be 25,000 words in length.

Visit the History by Research (MA) page on the University of South Wales website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum 2:1 Honours degree in history or a related subject. Applicants without an Honours degree can be considered on prior experiential learning on an individual basis, via the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)/Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) mechanism (University regulations will apply). The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

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