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MA History

Course Description

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.


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!

Student Profiles

Fast Forward Master's Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Our Fast Forward Master's Scholarship will provide £5000 support which can be taken either as a discount from the normal fee or a cash bursary.Up to 80 scholarships will be available across the university.Criteria and who can apply?- Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.- Available for part time programmes. Part time fees will be split across the first two years of study.- Students will need to have a declared household income of £40,000 or less, and will be asked to demonstrate this by providing certain information as requested by the university.- Students funded by Student Finance England (SFE) will need to ensure that SFE have "consent to share" their household income assessment with the university.- Students who receive funding from Student Finance Services European Team, Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Awards Agency for Scotland will be asked to by the University to provide documents from their funding provider to verify their household income.- Fees will be subject to a 5% prompt payment discount if paid in full by the end of September 2016. Other fee waivers (for example the Alumni and First Class Honours waivers) will not be payable in addition to Fast Forward Master's Scholarships.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Final year University of Greenwich home undergraduates (subject to a simple financial means threshold details below) who are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree. Offers for the Scholarship scheme will be made conditional upon achievement of that degree outcome.

Application Procedure

Before applying for this scheme you must first make an application for an eligible University of Greenwich Master's programme.Applications for Fast Forward Master's Scholarships will be addressed to check whether:- They meet the eligibility tests as summarised above and as set out more fully in the self-check eligibility test (see below)- They are predicted to achieve a First or Upper Second class degree.Those applications which pass this assessment will result in scholarship offers, on a first come/ first serve basis. These offers will be conditional on the achievement of a first or upper second class degree.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have:EITHER an undergraduate degree at 2.1 or above in a relevant discipline (a 2.2 may be considered in exceptional circumstances)OR a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a good honours degree in a related areaOR professional experience, research in a professional capacity or publication in journals or presentation at conferences/seminarsNon-English speakers should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill).

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