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Masters Excellence Scholarshipsup to £500,000 in tuition fee discounts available

History (MA)

1 year (Full-time) / 2 years (Part-time) / n/a (Distance / E-Learning)

Course Aims

The MA in History is designed to act as a self-regulated year of further study, and to provide a preparatory year for PhD candidates, giving a thorough grounding in research skills and methods, theoretical concepts and the techniques of conducting and writing up an independent research project. Consisting partly of taught courses and partly of independent research, it draws together a wide range of chronological, geographical and thematic expertise to offer a challenging and flexible programme of study.

Special Features

Course Description

The MA in History is tailored to the interests of individual students. In Part One, students choose a combination of modules amounting to 120 credits. These include 40 credits of Core postgraduate research skills and methods modules, which students will find helpful in planning and conducting their research. These are accompanied by 40 credits made up of a combination of discipline-specific skills modules, which will usually include a module on Historical Theory and may include languages (where applicable), such as Medieval English, Latin, Old French, Modern French or German. The last 40 credits consist of Optional modules allowing students to pursue their particular subject interests.

Our flexible programme of study permits the content of options to vary from year to year, reflecting student interests. Assessment is via essays or a combination of coursework and written examination, depending on the modules chosen.

Part Two comprises a dissertation on a topic of the student’s choice, amounting to a maximum of 16,000 words.

Course Structure

Students take a total of 180 credits of modules, consisting of:

Subject Areas

The following subject areas are available most years:

The MA in History also offers a number of specialised pathways:

We also offer a separate MA in the History of the Crusades.

The MSc in Social Science Research Methods (Economic and Social History) is also available. This, together with the MA in History (Economic and Social History), has ESRC recognition for postgraduate awards.

Assessment is via written examinations or assessed essays, depending on the courses chosen.

Part Two comprises a dissertation on a topic if the student’s choice, and is a maximum of 20,000 words in length, submitted in September.

Skills Acquired

On completion of the MA students will be able to:

Career Prospects

Graduates of this and similar degree programmes have gone on to PhD programmes or into careers in the heritage sector, journalism, teaching, media research (media, commercial, academic), and publishing.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a 1st or upper 2nd class UK Honours degree in an appropriate subject. Suitable for graduates in History and related humanities and social science disciplines.

Students whose first language is not English will be required to pass an IELTS test (minimum 6.5) or equivalent.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 (General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

How to Apply

Applications can be made for this course via our Online Application Service selecting the MA History option from the list of courses. Applicants should use the Personal Statement section of the form to outline their area of interest and, if possible, the topic that they hope to research for their dissertation.


For more information on funding available for Masters students in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion please see the school's funding website.

Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scheme

This course is included in the Masters Excellence Scholarship 2015 (Pathway to PhD) scheme. If you are looking at applying for a Masters degree with the intention of going on to study at PhD level then you are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The application will ask you to consider your research area and future sources of funding.  It is recognised, however, that in making this application there is not a commitment to undertake further study, or to undertake further studies at Cardiff University.  Similarly, in making an award, Cardiff University is not committing to making an offer for further study or for a further award.

Tuition Fees:

  • UK & EU Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
  • UK & EU Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
  • International Full Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).
  • International Part Time Fees: (Payable annually and those stated are for 2015/16 unless otherwise stated below).

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Gerwin Strobl  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5653 



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School Contact

Name: Helen Szewczyk  

Telephone: +44 (0)029 2087 0903 



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More information

School of History, Archaeology and Religion