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.

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
£18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016

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.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Advanced

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

Students are introduced to different theoretical, methodological and historiographical approaches of writing European history. The chronology of the various components covers the ancient, medieval, early modern, modern and contemporary periods.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three taught elements: core module (30 credits), compulsory language module (up to 30 credits), optional modules (up to 45 credits), and dissertation (90 credits).

Core Modules

  • Advanced Skills, Concepts and Theory for MA Historians
  • Modern European Language


  • Options may include the following:
  • History and Theory of European Integration
  • The Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe
  • Globalisation in the 20th Century
  • The Public Sphere in Britain, 1476–1800
  • Crisis and Future in 19th-century European Thought
  • Identity and Power in Medieval Europe AD 500-1300
  • Adam Smith and the State
  • Paradoxes of Enlightenment: German Thought from Liebniz to Humboldt
  • Trade, Money and Institutions in the Ottoman Mediterranean 1600-1914
  • Vichy France: Between Collaboration and Resistance
  • 'Imagined Communities': Regionalism & Minority Nationalism in Modern Europe
  • British Politics in the Era of Decolonisation, c.1945-1982
  • Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain: 1850 to the present
  • Students may take modules from other UCL departments including:
  • The School of European Language Culture (SELCS)
  • Institute of the Americas and the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES)


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 Centre for Language & International Education 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site European History MA


For the most recent information on funding available for 2015/16 entry please see the UCL HIstory website.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Carol Chattaway Scholarship

£2,500 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Furlong Bursary for MA Study in the Ancient Near East

£7,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Jean Orr Scholarship

£7,000 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


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


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.

Why 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 Institute and the Institute of Historical Research.

Student / staff ratios › 39 staff including 8 postdocs › 101 taught students › 46 research students

Department: History

Degree reviews

Staff review

"My work challenges celebratory accounts of Britain's early industrial revolution. All societies are inclined to mythologise the past, in part to justify present actions. Research historians must point out such distortions and misunderstandings so that we, individuals, communities, and societies, act more thoughtfully and sympathetically in the present. I've taught for many years, but I still enjoy it a lot because I'm stimulated and challenged by my students. Each year they are a bit different to the year before. I enjoy observing that and having to respond to it in my teaching. Secondly, even with so many resources now online, I love going to libraries and archives and piecing together little bits of the past."

Professor Julian Hoppit

MA in History, MA in European History
Astor Professor of British History

Application and next steps


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 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 prerequisite, but all students are required to take a course in a language of their choice.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

For more information see our Applications page.

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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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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