MA History

  • DeadlineStudy Details: MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Description

The UCL MA History draws on the department's extensive research and teaching expertise to allow students to choose modules across many historical periods and locations. The programme offers advanced-level teaching by leading practitioners in a range of fields.

This MA offers advanced-level teaching by leading historians in many historical fields. On the programme, you can follow one of four pathways:

  • Modern British History
  • Environment, State, and Economy
  • Culture, Ideas, and Identities
  • Empires and Global History

Each has a compulsory core module that introduces you to the theories, methods, and debates specific to your pathway. Optional modules allow you to explore historical subjects directly related to your pathway. You can also choose elective modules freely from a wide range of options.

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.

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Programme Funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Student Destinations

Our graduates regularly find employment in education, health and social care, publishing and journalism, law, academia, policy and government, and museums and heritage.

Additional activities are available within the department and the wider UCL community to help you focus on employability skills, such as departmental career talks and networking opportunities with history alumni.


This programme provides an outstanding foundation for those hoping to undertake PhD research and pursue an academic career. It is also popular with students wishing to enter journalism, the civil service, business, museum and heritage and the education sectors.

Debates, small group seminars and tutorials will help you acquire strong presentation and negotiation skills for your future career. Likewise, employers from many industries prize the analytical and research skills you gain on this programme. 

Module Details

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation
  • Culture, Ideas and Identities
  • Empires and Global History
  • Environment, State and Economy
  • Themes and Controversies in Modern British History

Optional modules

  • Empire and its Afterlives in Britain Since 1940
  • The Practice of Toleration in Early Modern Europe
  • The United States and the World: 1776 - 1900
  • Enlightenment Histories: History and Time in 18th Century Thought and Culture
  • Latin America in Global Intellectual History
  • The Making of the Christian Empire, AD 284-425
  • The Economy of Classical Athens
  • Crisis and Future in 19th Century European Thought A
  • Atlantic History,1450-1810 B: Making Atlantic History (Research Seminar)
  • Politics of the Soul in Early Modern Europe
  • Controversies and Debates in First World War Studies
  • Unity before the Union: The Idea of Europe in the Modern Era
  • Topics in Economic History
  • Research and Writing Skills for the MA in History
  • Challenging the Gender Binary in Modern Britain
  • Rethinking History on Screen
  • Public History, Institutions and Communities
  • New Public Histories in Conflict-Affected Contexts
  • Migrant City: Migration, Public History and London
  • A Global History of the Middle Ages?
  • The Crusades...a Clash of Civilizations

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 are subject to change.

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