History, M.A.

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  • 12 months
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Cardiff University ,
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.
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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
  • Flexible, geared to students’ interests.
  • Opportunity to work closely with a research mentor on specialist options.
  • Draws on a stimulating and supportive learning environment, with a wide range of chronological, geographical and thematic expertise.
  • Close links with interdisciplinary research groups, including the Centre for the Study of Medieval Society and Culture, the Centre for the Crusades, the Centre for Welsh American Studies, the Collaborative Interdisciplinary Study of Science, Medicine and the Imagination, and the Families, Identities and Gender Research Network.
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.

Programme Structure

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

  • 20 credits of research skills and methods;

  • 60 credits of historical theory and advanced research skills;

  • 40 credits of option modules selected by the student;

  • 60 credit dissertation (topic or theme chosen by the student in consultation with academic staff).

Subject Areas

The following subject areas are available most years:

  • Austria and Germany 1866-1945

  • Germany, 1945-1955

  • Victorian City and Environment

  • Self and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain

  • Politics and Society in Early Modern Wales

  • Religion and Violence in Early Modern Europe

  • Crime, Sexuality and the Body, 1550-1800

  • History of the Book

  • Society and Identity in Wales, 1840-1914

  • Twentieth-Century Wales

  • France, 1870-1945

  • Modern India, 1757-1947

  • Indian Gender and Women's History

  • China, 1840-2000

  • History of the Crusades

  • Belief and Disbelief in the Middle Ages

  • Diplomacy in the Middle Ages

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 14500 International
  • GBP 6000 EU/EEA
  • Part-time: EEA: £3,000; International: £7,250


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