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Ms Joanna Fryer

Email: j.fryer@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 7125

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,250 (FT)

History Department Graduate scholarships may be available for this programme.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Key facts

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History MA

This MA draws on the wide range and depth of research and teaching expertise in UCL History to give students the opportunity to choose courses relating to a variety of historical periods and locations. The programme offers advanced level teaching by cutting-edge practitioners in a range of fields.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The core course introduces students to key historical problems such as the rise of religious toleration, imperialism, or modern technology, focusing on the idea of 'transitions to modernity'. Dialogue between early modernists and modernists is a central part of the learning experience. The core course offers a forum for such debates, and also provides students with the technical and intellectual apparatus to pursue their own research interests under expert guidance. Students then go on to investigate a particular historical period through the optional courses available.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL History enjoys an outstanding international reputation for its research and teaching.

The department is strongly committed to the intellectual development of all our students; if you come to UCL, you will receive individual supervision from leading historians.

Located in Bloomsbury, UCL History is just a few minutes' walk away from the exceptional resources of the British Library, the British Museum and the research institutes of the University of London, including the Warburg and the Institute of Historical Research.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of one core module (30 credits), optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • History MA course


  • Options may include the following:
  • The Economy of Classical Athens
  • The City in the Roman World
  • Identity and Power in Medieval Europe
  • Europe's Long 13th Century: Governments, Conflicts, Christendom
  • Political Thought in Renaissance Europe
  • The Public Sphere in Britian, 1476–1800
  • The Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe
  • Border Crossings in Enlightenment Europe
  • Crisis and Future in 19th-century European Thought
  • Nations and States in Transnational Perspective: 19th-century Europe
  • Thinking Postcolonially: Britain and Empire in the 19th Century
  • Intellectuals and International Institutions in the Interwar Period
  • The United States and the World, 1776–1900
  • US Presidents and the Presidency
  • The Making of the American Civil War
  • The Caribbean from the Haitian Revolution to the Cuban Revolution
  • Politics and the Society in the Modern Caribbean
  • US Economic Policy and the New Deal to Obama
  • From Silver to Cocaine: the History of Commodities in Latin America


All students undertake an independent research project on a topic in History, which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Some sessions will take place outside UCL in institutions such as the British Library, the National Archives, and the Institute of Historical Research. Students are assessed through written coursework, examination, and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme provides an ideal foundation for doctoral research. It is particularly suitable for those wishing to study th early modern and modern periods, but students are also able to take options in medieval and ancient history. It can also act as a conversion course for non-historians wishing to pursue research in history..

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study History at graduate level
  • why you want to study History at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to elaborate on your reasons for applying to this programme and how your interests match what the programme will deliver.


First destinations of recent graduates of the department include:

  • Manchester City Galleries: Principal Curator
  • Bristol University: Lecturer
  • Stockholm University: Professor of Fashion Studies
  • Workers' Educational Association: Part-time Lecturer
  • SB International Press Service: Marketing Consultant
  • UCL: PhD History
  • Oxford University: Researcher

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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