M.A. History

Cardiff University

Tuition fee:
  • £ 5,730 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 13,500 / Year (International)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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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.


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


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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

193 (Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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