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 leading practitioners in a range of fields.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £9,840 (FT) £4,970 (PT)
- £20,540 (FT) £10,430 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students 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.
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.
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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Students will be introduced to key historical concepts and theories. 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 undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of the core course (30 credits), between two and four optional modules (60 credits) and a research dissertation (90 credits).
- History Dissertation
- Advanced Skills, Concepts and Theory for MA Historians
Options may include the following:
- Propaganda and Ideology in Rome
- Identity and Power in Medieval Europe
- Political Thought in Renaissance Europe
- The Public Sphere in Britian, 1476–1800
- Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain: 1850 to the present
- 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
- Debating the General Crisis of the Seventeenth Century
- Adam Smith and the State
- Globalisation in the 20th Century
- The Origins of the American Civil war
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.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £7,000 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Office of Staff of Legal Assisting, UN (United Nations) and studying JD Law, Brooklyn Law School
- Research Degree: History, University College London (UCL)
- Interpretive Guide, City of New Westminster Museum and Archives and studying MA History, University College London (UCL)
- Graduate Recruitment Manager, Pareto Law
- PGDip Education, National Institute of Education (NIE) Singapore
Debates, small group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future careers. 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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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 and the Institute of Historical Research. UCL is ideally located at the heart of various historical societies and academic communities.
Student / staff numbers › 38 staff including 6 postdocs › 95 taught students › 70 research students
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: History
76% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"UCL's position as a top-notch university in its own right, a member of the University of London and a fixture in London creates a luxurious environment for any academic pursuing his or her own research. In my case, I am able to trek back and forth to The National Archives in Kew Gardens any day that I want, rather than condensing it all into a 1-2 week research trip for which funding would be scarce. Furthermore, a place at UCL provides free access to any University of London library, including Senate House, and to the British Library. Finally, the archives throughout London, as well as those held at Oxford and Cambridge, are all available in the course of a day. I suspect that many academics in Kansas or Yorkshire would bear the weight of many sins in order to have the resources that UCL's lowliest undergraduate possesses without noticing."
Kennedy SandersonHistory MA
"It's both a pleasure and a privilege for me to be at UCL. It's the pinnacle of my career and I'm not going anywhere else. What's not to like about great colleagues, great students, and a great research environment – all in a leafy spot in the heart of London!"
Professor Iwan MorganMA United States Studies: History and Politics MSc International Relations of the Americas MA History
Professor of US Studies and Commonwalth Fund Professor of American History
"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 HoppitMA 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 provides an ideal foundation for doctoral research. It is particularly suitable for those wishing to study the 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.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.