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About your MA

During your time at Queen Mary, University of London we’ll immerse you in an exciting, enjoyable and intellectually engaging environment.

This page outlines the typical structure of an MA, as well as the support and opportunities available to all our MA students during their studies.


Although each MA course has its own academic calendar, they all follow a similar structure.

Core teaching for a full-time year-long MA programme takes place over two semesters. Each semester is 12 weeks long with a reading week during week seven.

The second semester is spent researching and writing your dissertation.

Induction week

Your MA begins with induction week, where you meet your peers, the academics teaching you, and have orientation on campus.

A week before your teaching begins you will come to campus to complete your registration and attend induction meetings for both Queen Mary and the School of History.

During this week we will confirm your module registration and provide you with a timetable for the year.

Semester One

In addition to your chosen modules, and relevant core modules, all first year MA students will take History in action (HST7608).

This is our MA training module, which will equip you with transferable skills relating to your degree and employment.

All of our programmes have a specially tailored core module that also takes place in the first semester.

Semester Two

In the second semester you will take your remaining chosen modules.

The structure of MA History of Political Thought and Intellectual History is slightly different. These will have the remaining core course running alongside your elective modules in your second semester.

During the second semester students on all MA courses will submit their dissertation topics for approval.

Semester Three

You will spend the remaining time of your degree researching and writing your research dissertation.

This will be submitted in early September.


If you complete your course successfully, you will be notified in mid-October.

Graduation will take place during the winter ceremonies. The dates for these, along with how to apply for tickets, are published on the Queen Mary website.


Student experience

We are committed to fostering a collaborative and supportive community spirit among students and staff.

Find out more about your postgraduate experience.

Academic support

We are proud of the expertise and dedication of our academics, all experienced in teaching and supporting MA students.

We help develop your relevant skills, for example, writing, historiographical awareness, presentation of research. We offer ample occasions for discussion of this.

You will hone analytical skills and interpretative insights, and also have the chance to gain experience in teaching.

Such training is the essential route to further study, but it is also highly prized by employers in many other spheres. These range from museums to political think tanks, from the civil service to creative industries. Many of our successful MAs now operate in these spheres.

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