M.A. British History

Newcastle University | Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
This programme, the only one of its kind in the UK, provides you with the opportunity to study the history of the British Isles, and offers an intensive programme of teaching in the methodologies and concepts used by historians.

Description of British History


The programme is very flexible in nature and will enable you to study the periods and subjects that most interest you.
Modules and dissertation supervision are available in all aspects of the political, social, and cultural history of Britain and Ireland from 800AD to the present day.
You will take one or two core modules in British History and choose the remaining credits from MA modules within the School of History Classics and Archaeology, or another School, that is of interest and relevance.
Alternatively you may wish to incorporate one or more Independent Study modules into your programme, allowing you maximum flexibility to pursue your own interests. It is also possible to study a foreign language (optionally) as part of your skills enhancement, at a range of levels from beginners to advanced.
The taught modules are delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, individual tutorials and self-directed learning. You then complete a dissertation on any period of British history.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 12 months
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Compulsory modules
HIS8061 The Practice of History
HIS8025 Pathway in British History
HIS8098 Research Skills and Dissertation Training
HIS8023 Dissertation
Optional modules
You will take at least 20 credits from the following:
HIS8105 Reform and Resistance in British History
HIS8104 Ideas and Influences in British History
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

English Language Requirements

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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.

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Requirements for British History

An upper-second-class Honours degree or higher, or international equivalent, in history or a related subject (such as politics, economics, English or sociology). We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower qualification or non-standard qualifications.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing) or equivalent.

Work Experience for British History

No work experience is required.

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Newcastle University, United Kingdom

United Kingdom From its origins as a School of Medicine and Surgery in 1834, Newcastle University today offers a first-class student experience in the heart of Britainís number one student city. Newcastle is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. Ranked among the best in the world by the most recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Newcastle University is in its global top 150, while The Sunday Times University Guide 2012 placed us in 12th position in the UK.

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