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 in the context of global history.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
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.
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About this degree
Students are introduced to different theoretical, methodological and historiographical approaches to 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: one core module (30 credits), compulsory European language module (15-30 credits), optional modules (30-45 credits), and dissertation (90 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MA in European History.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Advanced Skills, Concepts and Theory for MA Historians
- Modern European Language
Please note that modules will be confirmed in spring 2021 and this is an indicative list only.
- Britain and Decolonization since 1945
- Colonialism in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Decolonisation and Development in Africa
- Gender and Sexuality in Modern Britain, c.1850 to the present
- Narrating the Past: Public and Oral History
- Political Thought in Renaissance Europe
- The Cause of All Mankind? US Encounters with Revolution, c.1880-1980
- The Enlightenment
- The Great Depression and the Making of the Third World
- Unity before the Union: The Idea of Europe in the Modern Era
- Magic in the Middle Ages
- The Invention of the Questions: A History of European Thinking, 1100-1400
- The Making of the Christian Empire, AD 284-425
- Remembering Conflict and Mass Violence
It is also possible to take optional modules from outside the History Department with the permission of the programme tutor.
All students undertake an independent research project on a topic in European 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, tutorials, and a language module 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 coursework and the dissertation.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
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Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £7,000 (1 year)
- UK, Overseas
- 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 sectors. Debates, small-group seminars and tutorials help students to acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for their future career.
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.
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.
What our students and staff say
"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 HoppitHistory MA, European History MA
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.
This programme requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
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.
- All applicants
- 30 July 2021
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 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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