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History (MA)

Course Description

This course allows you to study key concepts relating to British, European, local and international history from the period 1500 up to today.

It is ideal for any student planning to undertake doctoral research; to pursue a career in education, or the museum and archive sectors; or to follow their intellectual curiosity and develop their own research interests. This course offers a unique opportunity to build pathways tailored to your personal interests and aims to do this through a range of optional courses and the dissertation. Thanks to our cooperation with other departments as well as with the Museum of English Rural Life and the Institute of Education, our students rely on a wide range of expertise and work in a truly interdisciplinary environment.

See the website http://www.reading.ac.uk/ready-to-study/study/subject-area/history-pg/ma-history.aspx

Modules include:

• Radicalism and Republicanism in the English Revolution
• Theories of Empire
• Power, Resistance and Consciousness in Slave Society: The USA, 1820–1865
• Cold War Cultures
• European Integration since 1945.

Please note that all modules are subject to change.

What career can you have?

Thanks to the possibility of building your own pathway within our MA course, you can specialise in your preferred area. You may continue your academic development with doctoral research, or pursue a career as a teacher, archivist, or in museums. Many of our students have specialised in local history and later progressed to jobs in the heritage and conservation sector.


Choose from a wide range of courses in a truly interdisciplinary environment, to broaden your understanding of history and build a unique pathway for your interests and aims.

Thanks to our cooperation with other departments, the Museum of English Rural Life and the Institute of Education, our students work in a truly interdisciplinary environment and join a vibrant academic community.

Our MA students are an important part of the Department. They are involved in our research seminar series and are routinely invited to our conferences and events. We also have a dedicated Postgraduate Room, where MA and doctoral students work together, exchange ideas and motivate each other.

The course is very flexible and it allows students to register fulltime, part-time or modular.

Visit the History (MA) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Student Profiles

Fees-only bursary - Single Award

The bursary covers the fees for one full-time student (UK/EU level).
If the successful applicant opts to register part-time or modular, the bursary will be calculated accordingly and will cover all feed for the entire degree.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All applications received before Friday 29th June 2012 will be automatically considered for a fees-only bursary (UK/EU only).

Application Procedure

All students who send their application by Friday, 29 June and are admitted to the MA programme will be considered for the bursary. No additional application is needed.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An upper-second bachelor's degree in a course with a substantial element of history is normally required; however, the Department also invites approaches from other graduates who can demonstrate suitable ability and commitment. You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply.

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