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MA ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )


The MA in History allows you to draw on a broad range of options to design a programme that best reflects your needs and interests. You might, for example, focus on chronologically diverse modules which are united by cultural or political themes, or you may prefer to specialise by period or region.

You may wish to tailor your degree around one of School’s areas of proven research strength, particularly if you are considering further study:

American History

The USA lays claim to immense political, cultural and economic power. How did this happen and how should we understand America’s reach and influence in the modern world?

Cultural History

How have the meanings of social and political relations such as gender, family and friendship changed through history? How should we explore the history of emotion, the self and the body? Compare regions and societies across time in order to understand why they are relevant in the world today.

Medieval and Renaissance History

Study a wide range of European history, examining events which are still relevant to the world today. Key themes include religious cultures, patronage of literature and arts, attitudes to minorities, travel and pilgrimage, and Europe’s links with Africa and the Near East.

Middle Eastern Studies

The history of the Middle East and its relations with Europe, past and present, is a topic with contemporary resonance. This pathway brings together internationally recognised expertise in the history of the medieval Islamic world, Iberia and the Crusades, as well as in the modern national and international politics of the Arab Middle East.

Why study your MA in History at Queen Mary?

We are one of the largest departments in the UK with a vibrant and successful postgraduate community.

We offer a range of innovative programmes and our links with external organisation (museums, industry, political institutions) will not only benefit you while you study but also after you graduate.

Ground-breaking research

The academics who convene and teach on our postgraduate programmes are world–leading scholars and are at the forefront of research in their respective fields.

Our distinguished academic staff will be familiar to you from TV and media and include five fellows of the British Academy, and fellows of other prestigious societies and organisations, such as the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Antiquaries and the Medieval Academy of America.

An exceptional location

Our London location means that you have unrivalled access to galleries, museums, archives and libraries. The British Library is the best library in Britain for historians, and access to its many collections is one of the many advantages of studying in London. Our staff regularly collaborate with these organisations, giving you unique opportunities to meet curators or have private viewings.


Postgraduate Taught and Research Programmes Assessments Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8352


Programme structure

The MA in History is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study.

Students must undertake four taught modules as well as a 15,000 word dissertation.

Core module

An Introduction to Historical Methods and Approaches

The core module is team-taught by many members of the School. It includes a comprehensive introduction to recent approaches in Western historiography and thorough training in research skills.

You also produce a dissertation and choose three optional modules.

Optional modules

  • Hollywood and the Second World War
  • History in Action
  • Reformation and Counter-Reformation in Early Modern Europe
  • Britain and the Middle East
  • The American Presidency
  • The US - UK Special Relationship
  • Victors to Victims: Representing the Two World Wars in Britain
  • Islam is the Solution? The History of Modern Islamism
  • Modern Girls?
  • Selfhood and Enlightenment in the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Church and Clergy in Late Medieval London (c.1350 – 1540)
  • Unfinished Revolution: Democracy in Britain and America, 1828-1928
  • Culture and Identity in Renaissance Italy
  • Biopolitics in Modern Britain
  • Readings in Global History
  • Comparative Decolonization
  • Modern Jewish History and Culture
  • Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust
  • The Mamluks

To further enhance your studies you will also be able to attend our Postgraduate Seminar Series, which enables you to attend small group discussions with distinguished speakers.


Postgraduate Taught and Research Programmes Assessments Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8352

Entry requirements

Normally an upper second class honours degree in History or another Humanities subject. A recognised equivalent from an accredited overseas institution or an equivalent professional qualification is also accepted. Applications from mature and non-traditional students are welcomed.

International applicants:
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here:

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.

The Admissions Office can be contacted here:

Learning and teaching

Learning and Teaching:
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study:
For every hour spent in formal classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Two 5000 word essays for core module and essays for the optional modules
You will also be assessed on an individually supervised 15,000-word dissertation.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year

Full time £8,700
Part time £4,350

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year

Full time £15,750
Part time £7,900


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Graduate employment

Our masters programmes aim to produce highly skilled, intellectually rigorous graduates.

Our graduates go on to work in a variety of careers. Some apply their degree knowledge directly, working in research or policy in government or the private sector. Others work in areas including education, publishing, journalism, museums, law and finance. A significant proportion go on to PhDs in history or related subjects, and have been successful in attracting funding for these projects either at Queen Mary or other universities.

Wide-ranging careers

The national 2012/13 destination survey confirmed that 88 per cent of our graduates were in employment and/or study six months after graduation. The range of skills gained through our programmes, coupled with opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled our students to move into careers such as:

  • England Business Research Co-ordinator, Whitehall & Industry Group
  • Policy Intern, Oxfam
  • Research Assistant, The Open Knowledge Foundation
  • Editorial Assistant, The Literary Review
  • Project Researcher, Member of European Parliament



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