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History (MA)

1 year (full-time) / 3 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

In Part One, students will choose a combination of modules amounting to 120 credits. These will include 40 credits of Options, allowing students to pursue their particular subject interests. The Option modules will be accompanied by 20 credits devoted to Research Skills and Methods, which students will find helpful in planning and conducting their research. The remaining 60 credits will be made up of a combination of modules, which will usually include a module on Historical Theory, tailored training and may include languages (where applicable), such as Medieval English, Latin, Old French, Modern French or German.

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 20,000 words. Please see the School website for more programme and module information.

Course Structure

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

Subject Areas

The following subject areas are available most years:

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. It is essential that students clearly identify a geographical, chronological or thematic area of interest. If further information on the application process is required, please contact the Postgraduate Tutor for History.

Funding

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

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time £6,000 £14,500
Part-time £3,000 £7,250
Deposit n/a Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.
Notes

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Dr Tracey Loughran  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 5650 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4929 

Email: LoughranTL@cardiff.ac.uk  

School Website: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/history-archaeology-religion/courses/postgraduate-taught/history

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School of History, Archaeology and Religion

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