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
- 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?
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).
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:
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 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
- First destinations of recent graduates of the department include:
- Manchester City Galleries: Principal Curator
- UCL: PhD History
- 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
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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Subject: Political Science, Faculty: Social and Historical Sciences
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