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.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £16,750
  • Overseas Part-time: £8,500

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


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.


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

Core Modules

  • History MA course
  • Advanced Skills, Concepts and Theory for MA Historians

Options

  • 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
  • Thinking Postcolonially: Britain and Empire in the 19th Century
  • Charismatic Cosmopolitans: Intellectuals and International Institutions in the Interwar Period
  • The United States and the World, 1776–1900
  • US Presidents and the Presidency
  • Debating the General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century
  • Adam Smith and the State
  • Globalisation
  • US Economic Policy and the New Deal to Obama
  • The Origins of the American Civil war

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project on a topic in History, which culminates in a dissertation of up to 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:


Funding

History Department Graduate scholarships may be available for this programme.

Scholarships available for this department

Jean Orr Scholarship

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.

Carol Chattaway Scholarship

This award is for prospective graduate students in medieval historical studies. Particular consideration will be given to mature students and female students.

Furlong Bursary for MA Study in the Ancient Near East

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.

MARS Studentship

Arnaldo Momogliano Studentship

Margaret Drower Studentship

James Henderson Studentship

Childcare Support Grant

Selection based solely on financial need.

Graduate Support Bursary

For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.

History Overseas Bursary

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.


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.

International equivalencies

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 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.


Career

  1. First destinations of recent graduates of the department include:
  2. Manchester City Galleries: Principal Curator
  3. UCL: PhD History
  4. Oxford University: Researche

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Thomson Reuters, Financial Editor, 2012
  • GovNet Communications, Programme Manager, 2012
  • Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, Policy Officer, 2012
  • Random House Publishing, Publicity Assistant, 2009
  • University of Exeter, Senior Admissions Officer, 2009

Employability

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.


Next steps

Contact

Miss Joanna Fryer

T: +44 (0)20 7679 1340

Department

History

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