M.A. MA by Research in History (Full Time)

University of Warwick

Application deadline: 31 July for non-EU; If you’re a UK or EU resident, there are no application deadlines for postgraduate taught courses. But places are limited, so you should submit your application as early as possible.
Tuition fee: Not specified
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The breadth of expertise and experience in the History Department (forty or so full time members of staff), along with a thriving culture of research, seminars and conferences, make Warwick one of the very best universities in the UK to undertake research in history. Students taking the MA by Research are expected to complete their degrees in one year of full-time study, or two years part-time. As a research student your closest contact will be with your supervisor, or supervisors, who will meet with you regularly to discuss your work, and agree a programme of reading, research and writing with you.

Additional support and training are provided by the Department, Arts Faculty and the Graduate School, as well as by Historys many reading groups, seminars, workshops and conferences. History researchers will benefit from the University Librarys new Research Exchange, a dedicated postgraduate conference and study area, with state-ofthe-art facilities.


At the core of this programme lies the design, research and composition of a dissertation (maximum length 40,000 words).

Students meet regularly with their supervisor/s and other members of the department to review their progress.

Alongside their research project, students are expected to follow the Warwick Historical Research Core module, Theory, Skill and Method.

The dissertation is assessed by internal and external subject specialists, who have the option of requiring the candidate to attend a Viva Voce (oral) examination.


Applicants are normally expected to possess a good undergraduate degree in History or a related discipline.

Students applying for an MA by Research should complete an application form, provide two letters of reference, and supply required transcripts of their qualifications.

As admission to the programme is dependent upon the departments ability to offer expert supervision in the chosen field, candidates are strongly advised to make contact with a potential supervisor or supervisors before filling in the application. A list of staff members and their research interests can be found at history

There are a number of requirements to fulfil in a programme of study for a research MA degree ...

* Dissertation: maximum word-length for an MA (by Research)
40,000 words excluding footnotes, bibliography and appendices.
[The appendices should be no more than 5,000 words]
* Your supervisor will expect it to conform to the guidelines in the Graduate Programme 'Style Guide'.
* Completion of the 'Historical Research: Theory, Skill and Method' (TSM) course. You may also wish to explore with your supervisor the possibility of auditing one of the MA course modules.
* Attendance at Departmental seminars
* Participation in the Postgraduate Conference
* Supervision: a complete set of guidelines.
* Progress and review procedures: see the MA (by Research) section of the Postgraduate Handbook, or refer to the Graduate School guide for Supervisors and Research Students.

English Language Requirements

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.

180 (Grade C)


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