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History MA

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year full time
    2 years part time

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £6,840 Part Time: £1,140  Per 30 Credit Module

  • Fees International:

    £13,750

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

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Overview


This course has been temporarily suspended for this year, but we welcome applications for September 2021.

This postgraduate course is designed for those who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of history across a range of periods,
regions and theoretical perspectives. The MA in History provides you with opportunities to study the subject at an advanced level.

You will have the chance to study a range of periods and topics, from Early Modern England to Fascism in modern Britain, from the Decline of the Aristocracy to warfare and memories of war and the role of history in the construction of British national identity.

By studying particular topics in depth, you are encouraged to think not only about the diversity of the past, but also how history itself is constructed.

Updated 23/09/2020

Highlights


  • Flexible evening study time to fit around your schedule.
  • Study a range of in-depth specialist topics.
  • Alumni 20% fee discount available on this course.

Course Content


  • The History MA is taught on a full-time and part-time basis, with the opportunity to complete in one and two years respectively. The year is split into three trimesters.

    You will develop the skills necessary to understand, critique, utilise and communicate concepts and theories used within the discipline of History. You will acquire methodological skills for historical research, particularly the selection, evaluation and interpretation of primary sources.

    The course comprises 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation. Students must take the History Research Methods module and complete a dissertation. The remainder of the programme is made up from a selection of specialist modules (normally three 30 credit modules) which reflect staff research expertise.

  • How will I be taught on History MA?

    Full time students get six hours of timetabled contact per week, part time students will have three hours, in addition to which individual tutorials and dissertation supervisions are offered. The contact time also includes regular research seminars in which invited speakers, experts in their area, present their research to the history department.

    Part-time students take 60 credits of modules in their first year (normally two 30 credit modules in each of the first two trimesters) and 60 credits of modules in their second years, plus the 60 credit dissertation.

    Modules are taught weekly in the classroom and supplemented with online learning activities. All students must take History Research Methods before proceeding to their dissertation.

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is by coursework only, consisting of assessments such as essays, student presentations, book reviews and seminar portfolios.

    For the award of Master’s, students must accumulate a total of 180 credits, including a 15,000 word dissertation, undertaken under the supervision of an appropriate member of the course team. A Postgraduate Certificate is awarded for 60 credits and a Postgraduate Diploma for 120 credits.

    Are there any specialist facilities and features?

    • teaching takes place in evening classes, blended with online learning activities, providing a convenient programme for postgraduate learners
    • students study a range of specialist topics in-depth with staff who are engaged in research and publication
    • much of the teaching is centred on the use and interpretation of primary sources, giving students the opportunity to engage in active learning
  • Normally a second class degree in History or related discipline.

    We also welcome applications from ‘non-standard entrants’, including those with experiential learning. Interviewing all applicants ensures that each has the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to complete the programme successfully.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.
  • UK & EU

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,840
    Part Time: £1,140  Per 30 Credit Module

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2020/21 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,750
    Part Time: £1,125  Per 30 Credit Module

    Additional Costs

    There are no additional costs for this course for students beginning their studies in September 2019. Should this change, applicants and students will be contacted by the university with details of the costs.

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2019/20 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England.

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.

    International

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £13,750

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,750

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

  • At Master’s level study, we aim to encourage student-led debates and exchange of ideas. Each module incorporates a variety of teaching methods in class, including workshops, student presentations and discussions of primary and secondary materials (such as film, images, documentary sources and online resources). Learning activities include a variety of teaching methods in class and online.

    Full-time students get six hours of timetabled contact per week, part-time students will have three hours. This does not include individual tutorials or dissertation supervision.

    Independent study and assessment time equate to approximately 18 hours per week full time or nine hours part time.

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Careers and Employability


Previous students have used our MA in a variety of ways. It can be a bridge to further study – with several former students having gone on to do a PhD. As a prestigious qualification, it can enhance career opportunities in a wide range of occupations, for example, teachers have used the course to gain curriculum knowledge and career progression, an MA History is also useful for law, journalism and a range of other careers. Many students take the course purely because they have enjoyed History as a degree or as a personal interest and wish to pursue the subject further.