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Part-time MA Studies

Every year we have a small handful of part-time students, many of whom are mature students.  Some students wish to return to their studies and have the leisure to complete their MA at a slower pace, many have to balance employment or family commitments with pursuing their interest in History or find that part-time study is a way of managing the cost of study.

Firstly, we do not offer courses in the evenings or at weekends so some flexibility is required in your work.  However, it is possible to a certain extent to pick courses that fit around your other commitments.  Forward-planning is vital!

How it works...

Part-time students have the same degree structure as full-time students, but their workload is spread over two years.  We would generally advise students to take their core course (for degrees that have them) in your first year as core courses are in part designed to aid your learning in general and so will help you with your other courses.  We would then suggest that you take a further 30 credits (40 if you are an Ancient Historian) of taught courses in your first year.  The dissertation is designed to be the culmination of your studies and therefore taken in your second year alongside a further 30 credits' worth (40 for Ancient Historians) of taught credits.

Example courses of Study...

MA History

Year One:
MA Core Course (30 credits)

American History on Film (15 credits)

The US and the World (15 credits)

Year Two:

Thinking Post-colonially (30 credits)

Dissertation (90 credits)

=180 credits over two years

MA Ancient History

Year One:

Core Course: Sources and Methods

The City in the Roman World (40 credits)

Year Two:

Propaganda and Ideology in Rome (20 credits)

Roman Verse Satire (20 credits)

Dissertation (60 credits)

=180 credits over two years

Making the degree flexible...

We try to make it as easy as possible to work your studies alongside your other commitments by publishing our modules for the coming year and the times when they run as early as possible.  You can find out what is running and when on the modules homepage.

Although we strongly recommend that you take your core course in the first year, you can take it in the second and you can take more or less taught modules in either year if you wish.  The examples above are aimed at providing the most balanced period of study, but are merely a guideline.

Page last modified on 17 jul 13 16:13 by Joanna Fryer