M.A. History

Newcastle University

Tuition fee: Not specified
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 programme will develop advanced knowledge and understanding of:

history from a variety of chronological and thematic perspectives

theoretical and analytical frameworks that historians bring to their subject

methodologies and sources which are used by specialists in this field

undertaking higher degree research through completion of a dissertation

You will develop a range of intellectual and practical skills including:

subject-specific skills through training and research experience

ability to evaluate, analyse and interpret different sources of evidence

marshalling of historical evidence

presenting a balanced written argument

basic computer literacy

archive use and data management (though the selection of particular modules)

You will benefit from lectures delivered by a number of professional historians and will have access to outstanding library holdings and unique museum resources. These include the £26million Great North Museum, the Gertrude Bell Archive and over 100 Special Collections incorporating rare books, archives, woodblocks and illustrations which span from the 15th to the 21st century.

The programme will prepare you to study history at PhD level, or to enter a profession requiring high-level skills in literacy, research and project management.


Compulsory modules

HIS8023 Dissertation

HIS8061 The Practice of History

HIS8098 Research Skills and Dissertation Training

Optional modules

You will choose at least 40 credits and up to 60 credits from the following modules:

HIS8025 Pathway in British History

HIS8052 Conflict in European History

HIS8053 Conflict in European History - Case Studies

HIS8034 The "Indian Problem" in Latin America

HIS8132 Slavery, Race and Freedom

HIS8104 Ideas and Influences in British History

HIS8105 Reform and Resistance in British History

SHS8124 Introduction to the History of Medicine

SHS8125 Special Study in the History of Medicine 1

SHS8126 Special Study in the History of Medicine 2

You will take the remaining 40 or 20 credits, in consultation with the Degree Programme Director, from MA modules within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences or you can select one of the following:

HIS8106 Independent Study Project in History OR

HIS8107 Independent Study Project in History


An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in history or a related subject. Applicants with non-standard qualifications and/or an appropriate level of experience are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

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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