European History MA
The European History MA is designed to encourage students to pursue their interests in European history in depth, at the same time as maintaining a broad view of the history of Europe and its region as a whole.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
- Overseas Full-time: £16,750
- Overseas Part-time: £8,500
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
Geographically, the programme deals with West, Central, Eastern and Southern Europe and regions such as Scandinavia and the Balkans. Students are introduced to different theoretical, methodological and historiographical approaches of writing European history. The chronology of the various components covers the medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary periods.
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, the History Department 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 Institute and the Institute of Historical Research.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of three taught elements: core module (30 credits), compulsory language module (30 credits), optional modules (60 credits), and dissertation (60 credits).
All students undertake an independent research project on a topic in European History which culminates in a dissertation of up to 12,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, and a language course taught either through the UCL language centre or through the language departments. Students will be assessed by a variety of methods including unseen written examination, oral assessment, written course work and the dissertation.
Further details available on subject website:
History Department Graduate scholarships may be available for this programme.
Scholarships available for this department
For prospective Master's students in the Department of History, and the School of European Languages, Culture and Society (studying Dutch, French or Italian). This award is based on academic merit. There is no application procedure for this scholarship; all eligible students will be automatically considered.
This award is for prospective graduate students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.
The Furlong Memorial Trust will award a bursary each year for the best application to the MA Ancient History with an interest in studying the near east.
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
For prospective overseas students admitted for MA studies by 1 April, will automatically be considered for funding.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
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.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Advanced
How to apply
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.
The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for students who wish to deepen their understanding of European history to prepare them to undertake future academic research in the field. Knowledge of foreign languages is not a pre-requisite, but all students are required to take a course in a language of their choice.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study European History at graduate level
- why you want to study European History at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
The programme is designed to enable students to obtain training specifically aimed at further research in the field of European History, by introducing them to the remarkable range of historical sources available in London, and equipping them with the skills needed to locate and interpret sources relevant to their particular areas of interest.
First destinations of recent graduates include:
- Scientific Council for Government Policy: Research Fellow
- Henri-Nannen-Journalistenschule: Further study - Journalism
- UCL: PhD European History
- Royal College of Art: Further study - European Art History
- UCL: PhD History
Top career destinations for this programme
- Scientific Council for Government Policy, Research Fellow
- Henri-Nannen-Journalistenschule, Further study - Journalism
- UCL, PhD European History
- Royal College of Art, Further study - European Art History
- UCL, PhD History
This programme not only provides an outstanding foundation for those hoping to undertake PhD research and pursue an academic career but is also popular with students wishing to go into journalism, the civil service, business, museum and heritage and the education sector. Debates, small group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future career. Likewise the analytical and research skills gained by students on this programme are highly valued by employers from a range of industries. There are many additional activities available, both within the department and the wider UCL community, to help students focus on employability skills whilst they are here, for example departmental careers talks and networking opportunities with history alumni.
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