M.A. History

Cardiff University | Cardiff , United Kingdom
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The MA in History is designed to act as a self-regulated year of further study, and 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 historiographic expertise to offer a challenging and flexible programme of study.

The MA in History comprises two core elements, with teaching and research tailored
to the interests of individual students. In Part One, students take the core course Historical Theory and Historical Methods, which is designed to act as an introduction to the use of theory in history, with an emphasis on the practical implications for the writing of history. Students also take Research Skills and Methods, which provides specific skills training, such as research, writing and presentation skills and palaeography, and two additional tailored research skills courses to meet their specific research training needs. In addition, students follow two specialist optional courses and linked historiographical
modules to provide the intellectual, conceptual and historiographical framework for their research. Our flexible programme of study permits the content of options to vary from year to year.

The MA in History also offers a number of specialised routes of study:

The following currently exist as routes in the MA.

  • MA in History (Economic and Social History)
  • MA in History (Asian Studies)
  • MA in History (Medical History)
  • MA in History (Early Modern History)
  • MA in History (Crusades)
  • MA in History (Diaspora Studies)
  • MA in History (Modern European History)

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 of the students' choice, and is a maximum of 20,000 words in length, submitted in September.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee
  • GBP 13500 Year (International)
  • GBP 5730 Year (EEA)
Tuition Fees:
  • UK & EU Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • UK & EU Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • International Full Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
  • International Part Time for 2014/15 unless otherwise specified below
Start date
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

Special Option subject areas (available in most years) include:

  • Austria and Germany 1866-1945
  • Victorian City and Environment
  • Dirt, Disease and Public Health, 1800-1914
  • Order and Disorder in Early Modern Society
  • Society and Identity in Wales, 1840-1914
  • Politics and Society in Early Modern Wales
  • Twentieth-Century Wales
  • France, 1870-1945
  • The Global Economy, 1944-2000
  • Industrialisation in England and Wales
  • Modern India, 1757-1947
  • Indian gender and Women's History
  • China, 1840-2000
  • Political and Social History
  • History of the Crusades
  • Sources for the Study of the Crusades
  • Diaspora Studies
  • Germany. 1945-1955
  • Arts and Politics in Germany

Tailored research training modules include:

  • Map-Reading for Historians
  • Digital/Online Resources
  • Biography and Prosopograhical History
  • Interpreting Early Modern Sources
  • history by Number
  • Autobiographies as Evidence
  • How to Read Communist Documents
  • An Introduction to Keynes
  • Early Modern Palaeography
  • Newspapers as Sources
  • Using Business Records
  • Sources for Demographic History
  • Computer Methods for Historians
  • sources for New Imperial Histories
  • Indian Gender and Women's history
  • Reading Old French
  • Medieval Palaeography
  • Reading Middle English
  • Reading French Newspapers
  • French for Historians
  • German for Historians

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)

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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.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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